Fiat Chrysler invests $10.4M in new parts center

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Thursday announced a $10.4 million investment in a new parts distribution center in Romulus.

The 500,000-square-foot facility will employ 100 and will open in the third quarter of 2017, FCA said. It’s the 23rd parts distribution center for Mopar, the company’s motor parts brand.

The new facility will operate on two shifts of workers who will handle approximately 45 million parts annually. Each day, the facility will accept more than 30 inbound trailers and dispatch 40 outbound trailers, FCA said.

The automaker is also working on a center in Virginia that will open in the first quarter of next year.

“With the start of preliminary work on the Romulus PDC, along with the new facility underway in Virginia, FCA US will have invested a total of more than $22 million in these two new PDC projects,” Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service (Mopar), FCA – Global, said in a statement. “These facilities confirm FCA’s continued commitment to customer service, and will strengthen the Mopar supply chain, both in North America and also globally.”

The automaker said its new Romulus facility will be launched under FCA’s World Class Logistics plans, which creates a supply chain that eventually eliminates waste. It will also be LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) certified.

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