FCA US Dedicates State-of-the-Art Training Facilities in Indiana

PR Newswire — March 21, 2017

TIPTON, Ind., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

— Doors officially open on fourth North American World Class Manufacturing
— Company and UAW leadership, local dignitaries, employees celebrate
commitment to growing and cultivating local workforce
— Two locations to offer unique training opportunities geared toward
Powertrain employees in five area facilities
— FCA US has committed investments of more than $2.1 billion and added
more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations since
June 2009
With the mission of cultivating, planting and growing its Indiana workforce, FCA
US officially celebrated the opening of two new training facilities in the
Hoosier state during a ceremony today at the World Class Manufacturing Academy
housed inside the Tipton Transmission Plant.

Via a live feed linking the Tipton location with a second training site at the
UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC) in Kokomo, the Company showcased the
state-of-the-art technology and unique hands-on curriculum that was developed to
meet the needs of the 8,200 local powertrain employees.

The Company’s Head of Manufacturing Brian Harlow, joined by UAW Vice President
Norwood Jewell, Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Ivy Tech
President Dr. Sue Ellspermann, told the audience that investments in buildings
and equipment are crucial, but nothing is more important than having an educated
and well-trained workforce.

“World Class Manufacturing has fueled a true cultural change at our company,
because its goal of continuous improvement depends on engaging people at every
level in planning, executing and problem solving,” said Harlow. “The Academy was
developed in order to accelerate the pace at which we implement the World Class
Manufacturing system and take it to higher levels.”

World Class Manufacturing (WCM) is a methodology that focuses on eliminating
waste, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM
engages employees to provide and apply suggestions on how to improve their jobs
and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. It was first implemented by
Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between
the two companies in June 2009.

Supported by a $2.1 million investment from FCA US and the UAW, the goal of the
Tipton and Kokomo training sites is to transfer WCM “know-how” to more than
1,500 participants each year and cultivate an enriched culture of continuous
improvement and learning.

The Tipton academy replicates the original Warren, Michigan, facility with
hands-on training in a flexible, open concept environment. As part of the grand
opening festivities, guests had the opportunity to participate in several
training simulations, many of them incorporating popular children’s games and
toys. Concepts like workplace organization and problem solving are taught using
the game Operation and the Bike Build Line. A slot car that jumps the track
mimics a piece of equipment stopping on the assembly line, teaching skills to
identify and correct the issue. Trivia Basketball and FCA Jeopardy reinforce
common WCM concepts and themes.

During the live feed from the NTC, guests got a tour of the renovated space,
featuring a lab specifically designed for skilled trades training. The technical
training curriculum was developed in partnership with Indiana University, Purdue
University and Ivy Tech Community College. Also at the NTC site, FCA US
employees and community members can take classes to earn an Associate’s degree
through Ivy Tech, then work toward a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue.

“Today’s high-tech manufacturing requires workers who are adaptable, can think
critically and understand how to problem-solve,” said Harlow. “Working together
with state and local schools, we are helping to train the next generation of
advanced manufacturing employees and creating a pipeline for future workers.”

This is the fourth installment of the WCM Academy since the grand opening of its
flagship operation in January 2012. Since then, the WCMA has taken its training
on wheels with the WCMA Mobile Unit in 2013, bringing its core curriculum right
to the plant floors for more immediate learning. A year later, the Warren
academy underwent a 15,000-square-foot expansion and also established a
satellite facility in Saltillo, Mexico.

As of September 2016, all five Indiana facilities have earned bronze
designations in implementing WCM and are working toward achieving silver status,
making the training at the WCMA Indiana crucial to their success.

Since 2009, FCA US has committed investments of more than $2.1 billion and added
more than 4,100 new jobs to its Indiana transmission operations. The five
Kokomo- and Tipton-area manufacturing plants (Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo
Casting, Indiana Transmission I and II, and Tipton Transmission) produce the
four-, five-, six-, eight-, and nine-speed transmissions powering some of the
Company’s most recognizable vehicles including the Chrysler 300, JeepĀ® Grand
Cherokee, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Ram pickup. In addition, Tipton is the
manufacturing site for the innovative eFlite dual-motor electrically variable
transmission that powers the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the most
efficient minivan of all time.

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers,
manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT
brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also
distributes Alfa Romeo vehicles and Mopar products. FCA US is building upon the
historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first
established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by
pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle
sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under
the symbol “FCA.”

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