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Fiat Chrysler announced on Tuesday that it will be opening a Jeep manufacturing facility in Detroit as part of a $4.5 billion dollar investment in Southeast Michigan.
The plan entails the creation of 6,500 new jobs, as well as the reopening of the Mack Avenue Engine Complex on the city's east side, the Free Press reports
. The facility is slated to manufacture the next generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs, as well as a new three-row full-size SUV. The plant alone is expected to add 3,850 jobs.
Chrysler also has plans to invest $900,000 of the $4.5 billion investment into the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, creating 1,100 new jobs. The plant will continue to produce the Dodge Durango, in addition to the next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee. FCA has plans to expand its current operations in Warren, adding approximately 1,500 new jobs.
The heavy investment from Chrysler follows the auto manufacture's focused production into SUVs. SUVs are expected to account for 80 percent of revenue by 2022 the chief financial officer told investors in June.
The FCA investment comes shortly after General Motors announced that it will be extending production at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant until January 2020. General Motors announced in November that it would be closing four plants throughout Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, and Maryland.
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