By: Brian Evans
As President Trump’s pro-America economic agenda continues to make waves in the United States, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) just announced that it will reopen a Detroit engine plant that has been shut down for years, as they invest billions into five existing Michigan plants, and create about 6,500 U.S. auto jobs.
Fiat Chrysler said…
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU / MTA: FCA) confirmed today plans to invest a total of $4.5 billion in five of its existing Michigan plants, and to work with the city of Detroit and state of Michigan on building a new assembly plant within city limits. The move would increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Jeep® and Ram brands, including production of two new Jeep branded white space products as well as electrified models. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 new jobs. The plant actions detailed in today’s announcement represent the next steps in a U.S. manufacturing realignment FCA began in 2016.
The executives revealed their plans to reopen the Mack Avenue II engine plant in Detroit by investing $1.6 billion into the site to convert it into a manufacturing plant for the company’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new three-row full-size Jeep SUV. Therefore, they will reopen the plant which was shuttered nearly seven-year ago! Now, the new re-opening will add 3,850 American jobs back into the market!
Then the overall total investment of $4.5 billion investment by Fiat Chrysler will mean a total of about 6,500 new U.S. jobs at its give existing Michigan plants with plans to build a new assembly plant in the city limits of Detroit, which will be the first time for three decades! The Fiat Chrysler executives said…
“The reborn Mack facility would be the first new assembly plant to be built in the city of Detroit in nearly three decades. Jefferson North was the last new assembly plant built in the city in 1991. When complete, Mack would join Jefferson North as the only automotive assembly plants to be located completely within the city limits of Detroit.”
Also, Fiat/Chrysler will invest $900 million in the Jefferson North assembly plant, resulting in more than 1,100 new American jobs, and $1.5 Billion into its Warren, Michigan truck assembly plant, which will add 1,400 new jobs!
In addition, the company plans to ready the plants to build plug-in hybrid vehicles and fully battery electric cars, according to the executives. Both the Sterling Stamping plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and Warren Stamping plant in Warren, Michigan will see an additional $400 million, thus creating another 80 new American jobs, and $119 million will be invested to relocate the Pentastar engine production currently at the Mack I Engine plant to the Dundee Engine plant in Dundee, Michigan.
Fiat Chrysler’s decision to expand their production, and return to areas that have suffered the economic plight of decay and joblessness is a direct result of President Trump’s use of tariffs to counter other nations who have taken advantage of our countries generosity, at the expense of the American workers! Now, middle-class jobs that have suffered due to outsourcing, are now beginning to see a return of their jobs, as companies begin insourcing!
In fact, President Trump’s multilateral free trade deals, and counter-tariffs have forced foreign nations to re-assess their trade relations that have taken advantage of the American people and the American workers and American generosity!
For example, last year, after the President threatened to impose a 25% tariff on pickup trucks made in Mexico, Fiat Chrysler executives considered moving all Ram truck production out of Mexico. Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley told Reuters last October that due to President Trump’s USMCA trade agreement, they decided to keep their heavy-duty truck production plant in Saltillo, Mexico, with additional plans to expand production and increase jobs in the United States!
Also, the Coalition for a Prosperous America CEO Michael Stumo said that…
“This massive FCA investment in Detroit shows that the president’s aggressive trade strategy is working to rebuild manufacturing and to make the United States the premier place to manufacture automobiles. The fact that they are expanding the manufacture of engines and complete vehicles in Michigan shows that the steel tariffs were not an impediment to growth. Thousands more jobs will be created to supply these new plants. President Trump’s threat of auto tariffs likely supported this major investment decision. If the tariffs on imported autos are imposed, it will help FCA’s Jeep and Ram further increase sales and market share, benefitting the Michigan economy and creating even more good paying jobs.”
Today, American manufacturing is critical in the United States economy, which suffered dearly as a result of President Clinton’s North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA)! Now, as a result of President Trump’s tireless work to put America and the American workers first, the American workers are finally reaping the rewards of the skill and poise of not only an American President who puts the forgotten men and women in America First, but a cunning businessman who knows how to truly Make America Great Again!