Fiat Chrysler today announced the addition of three new stamping press lines to its Sterling Heights Stamping plant in Michigan. The investment will enable the plant to provide the sheet metal for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, moving Wrangler body panel stamping in-house for the first time in the model’s history.
“I’m pleased to announce today that this plant will be making all the stamping parts for the next generation Jeep Wrangler,” Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said Monday. “That work is being brought in house. We have for a long period of time had to rely on outside supply. The addition of the three presses is hopefully the beginning of a revamping of our stamping machines here.”
FCA closed two stamping plants in Twinsburg, Ohio amid its 2009 reorganization, leaving it with just two stamping sites, one in Warren, MI and Sterling Heights. The recent investment in Sterling Heights allows it to expand its stamping efforts to support its newly revised North American production plan. As such, it will also stamp body panels for the next-generation Ram 1500.
The next-gen Wrangler will be produced at FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, OH, where it will be built alongside an all-new Wrangler-based pickup. A debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show is expected for the SUV, followed by a launch date later that year. The pickup variant is slated for a late-2017 debut.