DaimlerChrysler's Indiana Plant Builds Its 1-Millionth Transmission
The Chrysler Group celebrated the 1-millionth transmission built at its Indiana Transmission Plant (ITP) on Nov. 7, 2001, with a ceremony that included company executives, community leaders, and union leadership.
Chrysler Group last week announced its “Home for the Holidays” program, which will provide at no charge a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain protection plan on any 2001 and 2002 Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge vehicle purchased between Nov. 1, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2001.
ITP built its 1-millionth 45RFE rear-wheel-drive automatic transmission, which is used in Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Ram, Dodge Dakota, and Dodge Durango vehicles. The company invested more than $1 billion in 1996 to build ITP, which began production in 1998, with more than 2,000 employees.
In addition to ITP, the Chrysler Group has four facilities in Indiana: Kokomo Transmission and Kokomo Casting plants; Indianapolis Foundry in Indianapolis; and New Castle Machining in New Castle. The company is also building a new transmission plant next door to ITP to produce the W5A580 Mercedes-Benz developed transmission for future Chrysler Group products.