Next-Gen Ram Heavy-Duty Truck Production Moves From Mexico to MI

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Other big news: FCA US confirmed on January 8, 2017, that it would invest $1 billion to retool and modernize Warren Truck to produce the all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer and the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex in OH to build an all-new Jeep pickup.

FCA will shift production of trucks from its current plant in Mexico back to a plant near Detroit and will also divvy up bonuses to the company's American workers, in light of the recent tax reform law, The Sun Herald reports.

The bonuses would go to 60,000 of its USA employees.

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The investment "is a hedge by FCA against the increasing likelihood that Nafta will be dropped or renegotiated to favor manufacturing in the U.S.", Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, said in an email. Canadian government officials earlier this week said they are convinced that Trump intends to announce his intention to quit the agreement. The automaker credits USA tax reform legislation for helping make the additional investment possible.

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Most recently, the company announced investments totaling $3.5 billion, with the addition of 3,700 new jobs, to strengthen its United States manufacturing base, and align USA capacity to extend the Jeep and Ram product lines.

On Thursday, the automaker said it would spend over $1 billion in revamping the Warren Truck Assembly factory that will begin in 2020 making its Ram heavy-duty trucks. More than 300 new jobs were added to support production. He says employees should also share in the tax savings. Approximately 700 new jobs will be added to support production, FCA said.

"It's pretty much Ram country here in Macomb County now", Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel said Thursday night after FCA's Warren truck plant announcement.

$1.5 billion in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in MI to build the next generation Ram 1500 truck.

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