2019 ALL STAR | MANUFACTURING
Global chief manufacturing officer,
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Scott Garberding has a full plate as the company retools for its next phase of utility vehicles.
The automaker is investing $4.5 billion to create a truck-building empire on Detroit’s east side and add 6,500 jobs in the region. The most impactful piece is the revamp of FCA’s Mack Avenue Engine Complex — including the idled Mack II engine plant — into a hub for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new three-row, full-size Jeep SUV.
The Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit is being modernized for continued production of the Dodge Durango and Grand Cherokee. The Warren, Mich., truck plant is making preparations to assemble the new Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, starting in early 2021, along with continued assembly of the Ram 1500 Classic.
The major changes aren’t limited to FCA’s Michigan operations. Its Toledo North plant in Ohio had to retool this year to build the Jeep Wrangler plug-in hybrid, which is expected to arrive in 2020.
FCA’s plants have delivered this year with the launches of the Jeep Gladiator midsize pickup and Ram’s heavy-duty pickups.
Garberding, 55, was appointed to his global manufacturing role in October 2018. Before that, he was head of quality, chief purchasing officer and head of manufacturing/world class manufacturing for FCA US. He has been a member of FCA’s Group Executive Council since September 2013.