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Chrysler to spend $63 million on new press line at Warren Stamping

DETROIT -- Chrysler Group says it plans to spend $63 million to expand capacity at its Warren Stamping Plant in suburban Detroit by as many as 3.6 million parts per year.

Construction of a high-speed Servo Tandem Press line has begun and is expected to be completed late next year, Chrysler said in a statement.

The automaker said the new press line will increase capacity by as many as 12,000 hits per day.

Warren Stamping has operated since 1949. It stamps sheet metal parts such as hoods, roofs, liftgates, fenders and floor pans for a number of Chrysler Group vehicles assembled in the U.S. Midwest and Ontario. The plant’s 15 press lines produce about 80 million parts annually.

The new press line will result in no additional jobs at the plant, a Chrysler spokeswoman confirmed. Warren Stamping has about 2,000 employees working across three crews.

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