FCA US Keeping Key Facilities Open Through Summer To Meet Demand

Cameron Aubernon
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fca us keeping key facilities open through summer to meet demand

Looking to make as many vehicles as possible, FCA US is foregoing its two-week summer shutdown at a number of the automaker’s facilities.

The following list of FCA US properties to remain in operation this summer includes four assembly plants, all engine manufacturing locales, and one transmission factory, Detroit Free Press reports:

  • Jefferson North Assembly Plant; Detroit
  • Saltillo Van Assembly; Saltillo, Mexico
  • Toledo Assembly Complex; Toledo
  • Toluca Assembly; Toluca, Mexico
  • Kokomo Casting; Kokomo, Indiana
  • Kokomo Transmission; Kokomo, Indiana
  • Dundee Engine Plant; Dundee
  • Mack Avenue Engine; Detroit
  • Saltillo Engine; Saltillo, Mexico
  • Saltillo South Engine; Saltillo Mexico
  • Trenton Engine Complex; Trenton

Three other transmission factories in Kokomo and Tipton, Ind. will shut down for one week instead of two, while FCA US’ stamping plants will operate on the same schedules as the assembly plants they serve.

The break from the traditional two-week shutdown — meant for equipment repairs and changes to the assembly line for the upcoming model year — comes as the automaker continues its streak of rising sales on a year-over-year basis, currently standing at 61 months. The overall U.S. industry is set to sell 17 million units this year, a peak not seen since prior to the start of the Great Recession.

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Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on May 15, 2015

    The red one will get there first but the black one actually has car insurance.

  • TW5 TW5 on May 15, 2015

    Seems like everywhere I look there's some douchebag in a V6 Charger, with the seat leaned back, driving at least 15 over the speed limit and weaving in and out of traffic. It's always a late-30s male about 5'8" or 5'9" who has the look and attitude of a middle-manager earning $65K from his online associates degree. Is this a thing now?

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    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on May 16, 2015

      @GeneralMalaise You can actually earn more. We have engineers who make 3 digit salaries and work from home in Texas, Minnesota, NY and etc. Company itself is in Silicon Valley and I never seen some of them in person though work and talk with them every day over internet. Imagine HW engineer who works from home in Texas on boards physically located in CA and not been in CA in years and nevertheless we successfully solve problems and develop product.

  • GeneralMalaise GeneralMalaise on May 15, 2015

    Wait... I thought I'd read several posts on other threads that castigated FCA as a losing proposition? Success breeds contempt... or just envy?

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    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on May 18, 2015

      @Lorenzo Heh.

  • Sirwired Sirwired on May 15, 2015

    Can the article be updated to mention which vehicles are assembled in which assembly plant? (It's obvious what they make in Toledo, but the rest is a bit of a mystery.)

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    • Chan Chan on May 15, 2015

      @Fred The 500 continues to sell well outside the US, where roads are narrow and parking is a perpetual problem. Even here in the US the 500 sells decently to the urban/not-quite-suburban demographic.