US – Tipton will become one of the company’s global hubs for nine-speed production. When it reaches full capacity, it will produce 800,000 transmissions, delivering to Toledo, Ohio, for use in the Jeep Cherokee and Sterling Heights, Michigan, for the Chrysler 200 as well as to FIAT plants in Melfi, Italy; Tofus, Turkey; Pernambuco, Brazil; and China.
Production of the first nine-speed transmissions began in May 2013 at Chrysler Group’s Indiana Transmission Plant I (ITPI). The opening of the Tipton facility represents phase two, which means additional work for three of the company’s facilities in Kokomo, Indiana. Castings for the new transmission will come from Kokomo Casting; machining of the prismatic parts – housings, blocks and heads – will be done at Kokomo Transmission; and the rotating parts – gears and crank shafts – will come from ITPI. All will be shipped to Tipton for final assembly.