November 1, 2019, Auburn Hills, Mich. – The future home of two electrified Jeep® vehicles will also be home to one of the most efficient and sustainable manufacturing operations in FCA North America. Located on the east side of Detroit, the new assembly plant reflects the Company’s commitment to bringing 4,950 new jobs to the city as well as building an assembly plant with the lowest VOC emissions rate in the United States, ensuring that it is a good neighbor to the community.
“Following numerous public and private discussions with residents, especially those nearest the facility, we’re proud to share our environmental plans and the future of FCA manufacturing in Detroit,” said Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, FCA – North America. “We’re honored the residents of the city support us, and know that every step of the way, we need to prove that we follow through on our commitments and will be good neighbors long into our collective future.”
FCA partnered with local community leaders and organizations to listen to concerns, engage them in the decision making, and ensure educational and environmental needs are addressed. Environmental efforts support six priority areas: enhance air quality, improve landscape aesthetics, reduce and manage stormwater impact, support pollinators and wildlife habitats, provide educational opportunities and support pride in the community.
Environmental projects that FCA will execute over the next three years include:
“Our commitment to this city goes well beyond our facility,” said Stewart. “Our future lies in the hearts and minds of the young people who grow and thrive in Detroit. Supporting their growth is especially important to me, which is why we will also be partnering with other local organizations to further enhance the neighborhood.”
Once up and running, the new assembly plant will also operate using the latest advanced technologies and processes, including:
FCA Motor Citizens also volunteer their time to projects on the east side of Detroit. Through the Motor Citizens program, the Company offers salaried employees in the U.S., Canada and Mexico 18 hours of paid time off to volunteer their time, energy and expertise in the communities where they live and work.
Early this year, FCA finalized a Community Benefits Agreement following weeks of public meetings with residents in the neighborhoods around the Mack plant. The Agreement commits FCA and the CIty of Detroit to provide more than $35 million in support for neighborhood improvements, housing, workforce development, education and training programs, and environmental initiatives, including a $1.8 million commitment to help homeowners on the City’s east side invest in and repair their homes.
The Company announced it would invest $1.6 billion to convert the two existing Mack facilities into a new assembly site for an all-new, three-row, full-size Jeep® SUV and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, along with their electrified models. The first vehicles are expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020. When complete, the facility will be the first new assembly plant built in the city of Detroit in nearly 30 years.
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