AUBURN HILLS, MI
– Chrysler Group is investing up to $1 billion in its St. Louis North and St. Louis South Assembly Plants — located in Fenton, Mo. — to modernize and re-tool the facilities. The manufacturing plants are home to the Dodge Ram (1500 and 2500) Standard and Quad Cab Pickup (North), and the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans (South). The investment will be shared between the two plants. A portion of the capital investment will provide St. Louis South with the capability to manufacture multiple types of vehicles on one line. St. Louis South will be the third Chrysler Group assembly plant to implement a fully robotic body shop, giving it the ability to automatically adjust to build multiple models within cycle time. Equipment, facility, and process changes will begin in 2006 as the plants continue to build Dodge Rams, and Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan, and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans. The investment also is expected to reduce new-model changeover downtime.The St. Louis South Plant was constructed in 1959. The plant employs 3,200 people. The St. Louis North Assembly Plant was built in 1966 and employs 2,300 people.