Automotive manufacturing is an important part of the economy here in the Midwest. That is why we were excited to hear that FCA is planning to invest $400 million to convert an idled transmission plant in Indiana into an engine facility. This investment will add about 200 new jobs to the facility.
The idled transmission facility, located in Kokomo, Indiana, will build the GMET4 engine, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine currently used in the Jeep® Wrangler and Cherokee. In addition to the 200 new jobs, this investment will help retain 1,000 current jobs. This will bring the total FCA employment in Indiana to around 8,300 jobs.
FCA North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart said, “While the 2.0-liter is a current engine option on the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee models, a significant number of new technologies can be applied to this engine, making it relevant for the future. It will play an important role in our plans to offer electric engine options across 30 nameplates that FCA will bring to markets around the world by 2022.”
Once the facility is operational, which is expected in mid-2021, it will handle all U.S. production for this engine. This engine is currently built in Termoli, Italy. This will be the first time FCA has built engines in Indiana. Celebrate the brand’s other progressive steps when you test-drive a model at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.