Fiat Chrysler Plans to Invest More Than $1B in Michigan Plant

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) said late Thursday it will distribute special bonuses to US employees and add 2,500 new jobs as a result of the tax reform bill signed by President Donald Trump.

Fiat Chrysler is moving production of heavy-duty trucks from Mexico to MI and paying bonuses to US workers in response to the.

The investment at the assembly plant follows plans detailed in January 2017 to expand the factory to build all-new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs.

The move is expected to create more than 2,500 jobs in the Detroit area by 2020. FCA said this was on top of a large investment at the Warren factory announced previous year. Trump reiterated a threat to pull out of the trade accord on Thursday, a day after Canadian officials said they viewed the odds of withdrawal as rising.

The special bonus will be paid to all eligible employees of the FCA automotive and components operations in the USA, the OEM added.

The company also noted that it has invested some $10 billion in its USA manufacturing operations since June 2009, with some $3.5 billion alone focused on Jeep and Ram Truck production realignment that included the addition of 3,700 new jobs.

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"These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our USA manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA's success", CEO Sergio Marchionne says in a statement. He says employees should also share in the tax savings.

WWJ'S AutoBeat reporter Jeff Gilbert say FCA will be investing another billion on top of an earlier investment to retool the plant for the Jeep Wagoner.

Fiat Chrysler said it does not plan to shut the Saltillo plant, but declined to comment on which models will be made in Saltillo after Ram production moves north.

Fiat Chrysler said its plant investments remain contingent on the final approval of state and local incentives.

$1.5 billion in the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Michigan) to build the next-generation Ram 1500 truck. More than 300 new jobs were added to support production.

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