Indianapolis Foundry

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Indianapolis Foundry was a Chrysler Automobile foundry in Indianapolis, Indiana. The factory opened in 1890 as the "American Foundry Company" and was purchased later in 1925 by Chrysler and operated as a subsidiary. It became part of Chrysler property in 1946 and expanded in 1964, 1978, 1988, and went through a major remodel from 1996 through 2000. The plant covered 52 acres (210,000 m2) on Indianapolis' West Side.

Brief timeline


  • 1890s: American Foundry opens in Indianapolis.
  • 1910-1920: The foundry makes engine blocks and heads for Apperson, Chalmers, Marmon, Maxwell, Stutz autos, Caterpillar tractors, Stutz fire trucks.
  • 1925: Maxwell reorganizes as Chrysler Corporation, turns to American Foundry as an engine block supplier.
  • 1946: Chrysler buys American Foundry.
  • 1950: New plant opens at 1100 S. Tibbs Ave.
  • 1964: Expansion makes Tibbs foundry Central Indiana's largest.
  • 1996: Foundry launches $225 million upgrade.
  • 2003: DaimlerChrysler says Indianapolis foundry will close within four years.
  • 2005: Foundry closes on September 30th, idling final 900 employees.

Foundry/ Brazil S.A. The 3.3/3.8L blocks were outsourced to Bruhl Foundry/ Germany. Current products:

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