FCA US has started production at its newest stamping plant in Warren, Michigan, after investing US$63m in the 65-year-old facility.
“We needed to increase our stamping capacity because FCA keeps selling more cars and trucks,” said FCA North America VP manufacturing, Brian Harlow.
“All of this is great for the company, our workers and everyone associated with FCA. From the standpoint of our manufacturing operations, the new Servo Tandem line will help us meet this upsurge in demand.”
The Servo Tandem Press technology – a 180-inch press line – is the first of its kind at Warren Stamping and the only one currently in operation in the company’s North American stamping operations.
Construction for the new press line began in the spring of 2014 and production launched in December, last year. The new press line will increase capacity by up to 12,000 hits per day or around 3.6m parts per year.
In addition to the new press, Warren Stamping also operates 12 press lines and three large progressive press lines – a single press with one slide in which a single die with multiple ‘progressive’ stations produce parts at high speed from a single coil of steel directly – bringing total plant capacity to nearly 84m parts annually.
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More than 2,000 employees work at the plant.