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Chrysler Invests $166 Million in Sterling Stamping Plant

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/10/2015 Megan Stewart

Due to increased demand for key models, Chrysler has announced that it will invest $166 million in the Sterling Stamping Plant to provide needed upgrades for the 50-year-old facility. Three new press lines will be added to the plant, with construction currently underway.

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Chrysler says the Sterling facility is the largest stamping plant in the world, and the factory is responsible for producing the body panels for important vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram pickup. The investment coincides with the plant's 50th anniversary, and brings total U.S. investments for the group to a total of more than $5.7 billion since June 2009.

"In response to the increased demand for our products, it was crucial to make an investment where the manufacturing process starts," said Brian Harlow, FCA North America's Vice President of Manufacturing. "As the company's second stamping plant investment in a year, this funding will allow the Sterling Stamping Plant to maintain the quality and speed necessary to continue supporting our manufacturing operations."

Chrysler Invests $166 Million in Sterling Stamping Plant 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Currently, Sterling Stamping has 17 lines for major stamping presses, three progressive presses, and three blankers. The three new presses will be Servo Tandem presses that will help to improve reliability, reduce energy consumption, and increase the plant's output rate. Annually, this facility processes over 500,000 tons of steel and 14,000 tons of aluminum that gets pressed into hoods, roofs, liftgates, side apertures, fenders, and floor pans.

Source: FCA

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