Once complete, the new site will be FCA’s most efficient and sustainable plant in North America, applying the most advanced technologies and processes, and achieving the lowest VOC emissions rate of any auto assembly plant in the United States. 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.
The new plant will be producing an all-new, three-row, full-size Jeep SUV and the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the electrified versions of both. The first units of the three-row models are expected to roll off the line by the end of 2020, followed by the all-new Grand Cherokee in the first half of 2021. It will also have a tangible impact on employment in the area, with the planned addition of 3,850 new jobs.
In addition to the Mack project, $900 million are earmarked to retool and modernize the Jefferson North Assembly Plant for continued production of the Dodge Durango and the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a result, FCA expects to create 1,100 new jobs at Jefferson North.
FCA’s commitment to Detroit goes beyond the creation of facilities and jobs. The Company and the City of Detroit committed to a Community Benefits Agreement, which provides more than $35 million in support for neighborhood improvements, housing, workforce development, education and training programs, and environmental initiatives. The initiatives, which are above and beyond the Company’s financial investment in its plants, were identified through weeks of discussions with residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the plant.
As Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, FCA North America said: “Our future lies in the hearts and minds of the young people who grow and thrive in Detroit…which is why we will be partnering with local organizations to further enhance the neighborhood.”