Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced plans to investment more than $1 billion into assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to support the Jeep brand.

The Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois will receive an investment of $350 million to produce the Jeep Cherokee.  The crossover is currently being built in Toledo, Ohio but production will be moved to Belvidere in 2017 following the phase out of the Dodge Dart in September and the Jeep Compass / Patriot in December.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne announced plans to cease production of the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart back in January.  The two models never caught on with consumers but the executive hinted they could be revived if a suitable manufacturing partner is found.

The rest of the company's money is going to the Toledo Assembly Complex which will receive $700 million to produce the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.  The redesigned model will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor but adopt a more aerodynamic design and lightweight aluminum components.  The model is also expected to feature an assortment of different engines including a diesel, a hybrid, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that could produce up to 300 horsepower.

The investments are dependent on state and local incentives but they are widely expected to be approved as they will help create 1,000 new jobs.

Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

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FCA US Announces Investments in Illinois and Ohio Facilities

  • Investments in assembly plants total more than $1 billion
  • 1,000 new jobs to be created
  • Plants will be retooled to support growth of Jeep® brand
  • Brings total U.S. investment to more than $6.8 billion with more than 23,500 jobs created since June 2009
July 14, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today announced that it will invest more than $1 billion in its assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio to retool them to support the future growth of the Jeep® brand. As a result of these investments, 1,000 new jobs will be created, subject to market conditions.

The Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) will receive an investment of $350 million to produce the Jeep Cherokee, which will move from its current production location in Toledo, Ohio, in 2017. Approximately 300 new jobs will be created. Production of the Dodge Dart and the Jeep Compass/Jeep Patriot will end in September 2016 and December 2016, respectively.

The Company will also invest $700 million in the Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio) to retool the North plant to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler. Approximately 700 new jobs will be added. An announcement regarding the future of the South plant will be made at a later date.

These production actions are subject to the formal approval of incentives by state and local entities.

Since 2009, FCA US has announced investments of more than $6.8 billion and added more than 23,500 (including nearly 18,000 hourly) people in its U.S. operations.