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Chrysler Adding 1,100 Detroit Jobs to Build Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel

Maker confirms plans to launch Dodge Viper, add 150 more jobs at reopened Connor plant.

by on Jan.06, 2012

Chrysler will add 1,100 jobs as it prepares to launch a diesel version of its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler will add another 1,250 jobs at a pair of assembly plants in the Motor City, as it prepares to launch production of a diesel-powered version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee along with an all-new Dodge Viper sports car.

The biggest increase, involving 1,100 workers, will come with the addition of a third shift at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, on Detroit’s east side.  Meanwhile, Chrysler will re-open its old Connor Avenue Assembly Plant, adding another 150 jobs.  The facility was closed prior to the maker’s 2009 bankruptcy when it stopped production of the old Dodge Viper.

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“Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the City of Detroit,” said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne.  “We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history.”

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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.

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