Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is investing $166 million to install three new press lines at its stamping plant in suburban Detroit.
Construction on the three press lines at Sterling Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., has already begun and the equipment is expected to be production-ready by the end of the year, the company said in a statement today.
The three new press lines consist of two extra-large High Speed Servo Tandem press lines and one large Servo Progressive press line. The new lines are expected to increase the plant’s capacity by about 20 million stamped products annually.
The investment comes as the plant celebrates 50 years of production.
“In response to the increased demand for our products, it was crucial to make an investment where the manufacturing process starts,” Brian Harlow, FCA’s North American vice president of manufacturing, said in a statement.
Sterling Stamping is one of six FCA North American plants that stamps and sub-assembles parts from sheet metal, including hoods, roofs, liftgates, side apertures fenders and floor pans. It produces stamped parts for some of FCA’s most popular vehicles, including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee, Ram pickups, Dodge Durango and Chrysler 200.