Just a bit south of us in Michigan, Chrysler Group has decided to put to use the Tipton Transmission Plant in Tipton, Indiana. Just yesterday they celebrated the factory’s production launch of the new 9-speed transmission that will be more fuel-efficient.
These 9-speed transmissions will be used in new Jeep Cherokees, currently built in Toledo, OH and in the new Chrysler 200s, currently built in Sterling Heights, MI. They will also be used in Fiat cars, and shipped to plants in China, Brazil, Italy and Turkey.
The Tipton Transmission Plant is nearly 782,000 square-foot and will be the global hub for all 9-speed transmissions. It’s estimated to employ up to 850 workers by the end of 2015 and will have the capacity to produce up to 800,000 per year.
“My confidence is rooted firmly in the knowledge that those of you who work in this area have shown a consistent dedication to delivering products with outstanding quality,” said Marchionne. “You have embraced the principles of World Class Manufacturing, which is enabling us to compete with the best manufacturers in the world. You are the authors of a major success story, creating a great turnaround and making it possible to create the need for this new plant in Tipton.”