Chrysler Opens Tipton Plant, Promises 850 New Jobs

The automaker plans to add 850 jobs at its Tipton Transmission Plant by 2015.

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Chrysler's Tipton plant will manufacture nine-speed transmissions.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne dedicated the automaker‘s new Tipton Transmission Plant on Tuesday and announced it would employ up to 850 people by the end of 2015.

Officials say the production launch makes it Chrysler‘s global hub for nine-speed transmissions.

The products will be used in Jeep Cherokees.

The launch comes after the old facility at U.S. 31 and State Road 28 sat idle for years. The facility has the capacity to produce 800,000 transmissions each year.

Three Kokomo facilities support Tipton production.

Chrysler has invested more than $1.6 billion and added 2600 local jobs since 2009.

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  • Bob Eckert

    This is wonderful news for Indiana. Chrysler has always been a leader in automatic transmissions (they had the first one that actually worked reliably, NOT GM, Packard, etc) and this one is excellent in that it allows bigger vehicles to get better mileage without starving power. The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are two of the most popular cars that Chrysler makes so you can be sure such a major component will get kid-gloves handling.

  • maserati123

    This is wonderful,and I hope Chrysler will outsell Toyota and GM very soon.

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