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

Rodiano Bonacci
Gennaio 13, 2018

Photo of the Ram 3500 Laramie courtesy of FCA.

A $2,000 bonus will be paid to US employees to recognize employees for their "continued efforts towards the success of the Company" as a result of the recent tax reform in Washington DC, according to a release.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion into the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in MI to prepare the plant to build the next-generation of Ram Heavy Duty pickups.

This new $1 billion investment is in addition to an announcement made in January 2017 which committed to spending a portion of another $1 billion in the Warren Truck Assembly facility to expand the Jeep product line - that brand will see the return of the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer soon.

Farmers are big fans of heavy duty trucks, but many may not know those machines are built in Saltillo, Mexico, a manufacturing town just south of the border where other companies have plants, including John Deere.

FCA also plans to use some of the tax savings to give a $2,000 bonus to its roughly 60,000 employees as a monetary thank you.

The move is expected to create 2,500 new jobs at the Warren facility and the company says the decision solidifies the United States as the "global manufacturing hub for Ram products". The payment, which recognizes employees for their continued commitment to the Company's success, will be made in the second quarter of this year, and will be in addition to any profit sharing and salaried performance bonuses that employees would otherwise be eligible to receive in 2018. More than 300 new jobs were added to support production. The special bonus will be paid to all eligible employees of the FCA automotive and components operations in the U.S. The current Ram heavy duties are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico.

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