FCA US said Wednesday that four of its assembly plants along with six engine and transmission plants will continue to run throughout the summer, skipping the traditional summer shutdown so the automaker can continue to make as many cars and trucks as possible.
The decision to continue operating the plants reflects the steadily increasing pace of U.S. industry sales. The U.S. auto industry is on track to sell nearly 17 million new cars and trucks this year, a total not seen since before the Great Recession.
Also, FCA US, the automaker previously known as Chrysler, has managed to sell more cars and trucks each month for 61 consecutive months on a year-over-year basis.
In most years, automakers shut down their plants for two weeks during the summer to repair equipment and prepare the assembly lines for changes for the next model year.
FCA US said Wednesday the following plants will continue to operate without interruption this summer:
— Jefferson North Assembly Plant; Detroit
— Saltillo Van Assembly; Saltillo, Mexico
— Toledo Assembly Complex; Toledo, Ohio
— Toluca Assembly; Toluca, Mexico
— Indiana Transmission II; Kokomo, Ind.
— Kokomo Casting; Kokomo, Ind.
— Kokomo Transmission; Kokomo, Ind.
— Etobicoke Casting; Etobicoke, Ontario
— Toledo Machining; Toledo, Ohio
— Mt. Elliott Tool & Die, Detroit
The automaker said its stamping plants will operate according to the schedule of the assembly plants they serve.
The automaker operates a total of 36 manufacturing plants in North America, including 23 in the U.S. and seven in Mexico.