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Ford Adding 2,200 New Salaried Jobs

The “direct result” of the One Ford plan, says new president.

by on Jan.11, 2013

Joe Hinrichs became Ford's new President of the Americas last month.

Ford Motor Company plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers in the U.S. this year – the largest increase in new salaried workers in more than a decade.

The move comes a day after the market announced it would double its quarterly dividend in recognition of its improving financial condition. The maker yielded a more than 11% profit margin for the first nine months in its core North American operations.

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After years of deep cuts, the auto industry has been among the most aggressive sectors of the economy when it comes to adding jobs over the last several years, Ford’s announcement coming a day after both Honda and General Motors announced significant plans to recruit more blue and white-collar workers of their own.


Chrysler Looking to Further Boost Jeep Production

“We need more,” says CEO Marchionne.

by on Nov.19, 2012

Marchionne's biggest problem at Chrysler, for now, is a shortage of capacity.

Chrysler is looking for ways to increase production of its Jeep models at a key plant in Toledo, Ohio.

Chrysler chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne says the company is looking for ways to increase production and may add even more to the already announced commitment to invest $500 million to re-tool the Toledo assembly complex.

Chrysler needs more production of vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler, which is in particularly short supply, Marchionne said. “We need more of everything,” but especially Jeeps, he said, noting that Chrysler has seen 31 months of consecutive, year-over-year sales increases.

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Marchionne’s comments come in sharp contrast to the picture portrayed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the final weeks of the 2012 campaign. Incorrectly interpreting a wire service report, the GOP nominee declared that Chrysler was going to transfer Jeep production from the U.S. to China, a claim that continued to be used on the campaign trail despite Chrysler’s efforts to correct the confusion.


Domestics, Transplants Adding More Auto Jobs

Chrysler, VW, Honda responding to booming sales.

by on Feb.02, 2012

Chrysler will add another 1,000 U.S. workers to support production of the Dodge Dart.

The strong upturn in U.S. car sales will translate into a wave of new jobs for American auto workers.  Chrysler, Volkswagen and Honda all are announcing plans to expand production – meaning more workers – at plants across the country.

The biggest increase announced this week comes at Chrysler.  During a call to discuss the maker’s $183 million profit for 2011, CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed the maker will add another 1,000 workers at a plant in Belvidere, Illinois.  That will come in the form of a third shift to handle production of the new Dodge Dart sedan.

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Chrysler has added thousands of jobs in the last 12 months and is preparing to ramp up production – and employment at several other facilities, including about 1,600 workers who will man a third shift at the Jeep plant near downtown Detroit and another Motor City facility that will begin production of the newly-updated Dodge Viper sports car later this year.

But the domestic makers – Ford and General Motors also on a hiring binge – aren’t alone, a new study suggesting 100,000 U.S. auto jobs will be added this year and next.


Chrysler Chief Eyes More Product

$450 mil invested to expand flexibility at key plant.

by on Dec.07, 2010

Originally slated for closure, Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant could now be critical to the maker's revival.

Chrysler Group’s $450 million investment in a new paint shop at a Michigan assembly line will permit the plant to build several different models, not just compact cars, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters.

“There is going to be a whole new level of flexibility,” Marchionne said, enabling the plant to build a variety of products beyond what rolls out of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant today.

Originally considered unnecessary as part of Chrysler’s revival plan, the facility has more than just gotten a reprieve, as the Italian executive made clear during a Tuesday visit.

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“Today is a historic day for this facility. Not more than 18 months ago, it was slated to close at the end of this year,” Marchionne said. “Now, this plant will not only remain open beyond 2012 and retain jobs, but with the help of the State of Michigan and the City of Sterling Heights, we will make a significant investment in this facility to make it competitive with the best in the industry.


New Chrysler Hirings Help Push Aggressive Product Plans

Maker adding 1,000 jobs at Chrysler Technical Center – and more to come.

by on Dec.01, 2010

Chrysler builds its payroll as it rebuilds its product line-up with models like the new 200.

Chrysler is backing up CEO Sergio Marchionne’s sweeping plans for overhauling the company’s product line-up with an infusion of new employees.

The automaker confirms it has hired nearly 1,000 employees at its Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan according to executives responsible for implementation of the company’s product plans.  And still more new hires are expected, according to senior Chrysler officials.

“That’s a pretty decent number,” said Chrysler spokesman Mike Palese, who confirmed the 1,000 jobs figure, adding the new employees included a mix of full-time and contract workers hired between October 2009 and October, 2010.

Senior Chrysler engineers said the company needed to add engineers and technicians to help with the overhaul of the maker’s product line, which had been neglected by the company’s old partner, Daimler AG, and then starved by its subsequent owner, the equity giant Cerberus Capital Management, which purchased the company in the summer of 2007.

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Chrysler veterans say that the maker was virtually incapable of sustaining its existing product line-up, never mind expanding or updating its offerings by the time Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy, last year.  Cerberus ceded control as a result of that Chapter 11 filing, the government, in turn, turning control over to Fiat.  The Italian maker currently holds a 20% stake in Chrysler, but that will grow to as much as 35% if Fiat meets a series of benchmarks, such as growing Chrysler sales overseas.


GM Has Added 6,900 Jobs Since Bankruptcy

Detroit Big 3 boosting jobs, but still far short of past peaks.

by on Aug.05, 2010

GM boosted its U.S. workforce by nearly 10% since last year's bankruptcy, says Girsky.

With demand rising for its latest offerings, General Motors has added 6.900 new jobs since emerging from bankruptcy in July 2009, says a senior company executive.

In an interview with a Detroit radio station, WJR, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky also suggested that observers “will be encouraged” by the earnings numbers the automaker plans to report this month.  Inside sources have indicated that GM is waiting for the reaction to its second-quarter earnings before formally announcing the details of its planned IPO.

The long-troubled maker has been seeing a steady rise in demand since it exited Chapter 11 protection, despite the numerous plant closures authorized by the courts – and the sale or abandonment of four of its eight North American brands.  Overall, the maker posted a 5.4% increase in sales during July, even as arch-rival Toyota’s volumes declined.

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Significantly, sales by GM’s four surviving brands rose 25% for the month, and the Buick and Cadillac brands, in particular, saw volumes more than double.

The increases have largely been driven by demand for GM’s newest products, such as the Chevrolet Equinox crossover and Buick LaCrosse sedan.  If anything, the maker has been struggling to keep up with customer orders, dealers having barely a 15-day supply of the Equinox on their lots, in an industry where a 60-day supply is the norm.  That has led GM to bring back some workers on long-term furlough and also hire some new employees.


Chrysler Puts the “Help Wanted” Sign Out

Maker boosting production, speeding up product development.

by on Jun.09, 2010

Chrysler has already announced plans to boost employment by nearly 2,700 so far this year.

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Even before Chrysler and its former partner, Daimler, split up their ill-fated marriage, the U.S. maker began a massive downsizing that only accelerated when Chrysler plunged into bankruptcy, last year.

But, suddenly, the Help Wanted signs are going out in front of the maker’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  And not only is Chrysler bulking up at the plants it predicts will boost sales, but it is also bringing in workers to help speed up its product development system.

Just since the beginning of the year, the maker has announced plans to add nearly 2,700 blue and white-collar employees, notes the Detroit Free Press, and the pace is expected to increase in the months to come.  While many of Chrysler’s new hirings will be done on a temporary or contract basis, the maker also appears to be looking for a number of full-time employees.


Chrysler to Hire 1,100 at Detroit Jeep Plant

Maker counting on ’11 Grand Cherokee to rebuild momentum.

by on May.21, 2010

Chrysler is betting it can sell enough copies of the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee to justify the launch of a second production shift at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the struggling automaker will add 1,100 workers, most on a new second shift, as it ramps up production of the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

While some workers will be called back from among the many idled in recent years, a significant number of the 1,100 will be new hires, company officials revealed.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the brand’s flagship sport-utility vehicle but has seen a significant slump in sales.  Analysts blame not only rising fuel prices – which have impacted all traditional SUVs – but also the poorly-reviewed boxy design of the outgoing model.

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Not only has Chrysler revamped the styling for 2011 but heavily updated the 3-million square foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant where the new Jeep Grand Cherokee officially went into production today.

Aiming to reduce its quality problems – which have repeatedly earned it poor marks from third-party arbiters like J.D. Power and Associates and Consumer Reports magazine – Chrysler has introduced 600 robots into Jefferson North, which first opened in 1992, the same time Jeep launched the original Grand Cherokee.  In all, the maker is investing $700 million to update the factory.