Since it opened in 1938, Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Warren, Mich. has produced about 13 million trucks, including 329,930 Ram 1500 pickup trucks last year.
This time-lapse video shows how the factory’s 4,500 employees and 535 robots work together to build the trucks.
The Warren plant is FCA’s second oldest continuously operated factory in North America, but the automaker plans to end truck production there over the next several years. The next generation Ram 1500 production will be built 10 miles up the road at the automaker’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The switch is expected to start in 2017 or 2018 although the automaker has not provided a timeline. The Sterling Heights plant is undergoing a $1.5 billion refurbishment to get ready for truck production.
The automaker has not said what models will replace Ram assembly at the Warren plant.
Since 2009, FCA has invested more than $8.3 billion in U.S. plants, creating approximately 25,000 jobs.