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Brampton Assembly

Brampton Assembly is a Chrysler automobile factory in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

History

The factory was opened by American Motors Corporation (AMC) in 1986 as Bramalea Assembly, a state-of-the-art robotics-based assembly facility specifically designed to produce the Eagle Premier. It was acquired (along with the rest of AMC) by Chrysler in August 1987.

The manufacturing plant has of floor space located on 269 acres (108.9 hectares).

Production of the Chrysler LH platform cars began in June 1992 and continued with the updated LH cars in 1997. Production switched to the rear-wheel drive Chrysler LX platform cars in January 2004.

The attached Brampton Satellite Stamping, which opened in 1991, was built for the launch of the Chrysler LH platform.

Brampton Assembly operated with three shifts of production. It is the city of Brampton's largest employer, with over 4,200 people working there.

On July 19 2007 Chrysler Group announced an investment of US$1.2 billion in the Brampton plant for upgrades to the Chrysler 300 series, Dodge Magnum, and Dodge Charger, as well as a $500 million manufacturing investment to prepare for European-market LX platform product loading.

On November 1 2007 Chrysler LLC announced that it is ending the third shift in Brampton with the loss of 1,000 direct jobs as well as declaring that production of the Dodge Magnum in Brampton will end in early 2008.

Products

Annual Production

  • 1988 = 59,068
  • 1989 = 33,904
  • 1990 = 24,676
  • 1991 = 18,133
  • 1992 = 50,660
  • 1993 = 256,754
  • 1994 = 256,211
  • 1995 = 188,782
  • 1996 = 238,965
  • 1997 = 204,137
  • 1998 = 300,866
  • 1999 = 338,921
  • 2000 = 291,884
  • 2001 = 198,965
  • 2002 = 201,723
  • 2003 = 140,642
  • 2004 = 209,045
  • 2005 = 318,536
  • 2006 = 314,161
  • 2007 = 273,285

AMC's original Brampton plant

The current Chrysler factory is not the same as a nearby American Motors (AMC) plant that shared the same name.

American Motors' original "Brampton Assembly Plant" opened in 1961. It was part of American Motors Canada, Inc. and was located at northeast corner of Steeles Avenue and Kennedy Road. In 1987, with the Chrysler buy-out, the AMC division and its plants (Brampton and Bramalea) were absorbed into Chrysler, becoming part of Chrysler Canada Limited. The AMC plant was closed in 1992 and sold to Wal-Mart for use as their Canadian warehouse. The former Brampton Assembly Plant produced Ramblers, Rebels, Hornets, Gremlins, Concords and Eagles. It also produced the Jeep CJ and Wrangler vehicles.

The remains of the plant were torn down in 2005, and the land is currently under redevelopment.

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