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Chrysler to keep Sterling Heights open, add 900 jobs

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Chrysler to keep Sterling Heights open, add 900 jobs

By Justin Hyde and Greg Gardner

Free Press Business Writers

WASHINGTON -- Chrysler said today it would keep open the Sterling Heights assembly plant that had been slated to close in 2012 and add a second shift of 900 workers early next year.

The announcement by CEO Sergio Marchionne came as President Barack Obama visits the company's Jefferson North plant. Chrysler also expects its European and South American sales to double between 2010 and 2011, to nearly 200,000 sales.

“We were honored to have the President come to Jefferson North today,” said Marchionne in a statement. “It was because of the courageousness of his decision that Chrysler has been able to survive, and in fact thrive, a little more than a year after bankruptcy.”

The Auburn Hills automaker said it would also keep the plant open indefinitely. Previously there was no future vehicle allocated to the plant beyond the end of 2012.

The decision caps a stunning reversal for the 1,200 workers at the Van Dyke Road factory. Last September they rallied on the plant's front lawn, pleading with Chrysler management to rethink a plan to close it at the end of 2010.

Earlier this year Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne decided Sterling Heights would stay open through 2012 to produce improved versions of the Dodge Avenger and an as yet to be named mid-size Chrysler sedan. Both new models will be launched late this year.

In a statement, Chrysler also said the decision to add a second shift at the assembly plant likely will create another 500 jobs at plants supplying parts for the cars made at Sterling Heights.

Separately, Marchionne said Chrysler sales in Europe and South America to double from 100,000 this year to 200,000 in 2011.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100730/BUSINESS01/100730041/1210/Chrysler-to-keep-Sterling-Heights-open-add-900-jobs

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Intrepidation    848

This is indeed good news for both Chrysler and the people who work at the plant. Nice to hear about plants staying open and jobs being added for a change.

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CHRYSLER TO RETAIN STERLING HEIGHTS PLANT, ADD 900 JOBS

By Mark Kleis

Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant was originally earmarked to be shuttered after the company’s bankruptcy filing, but the Michigan factory was later purchased back by the new Chrysler with the plans to continue use through 2012. Now, Chrysler has announced good news for the plant’s 1,200 workers yet again – the plant will remain open indefinitely.

The Sterling Heights plant had been under the control of Chrysler’s bankruptcy entity – Old Carco LLC – but a bankruptcy court approved Chrysler’s re-purchase of the Michigan factory from Old Carco LLC for $20 million – temporarily saving the factory’s 1,200 jobs.

Although Chrysler’s original plan was only to continue use of the plant through 2012, today the automaker announced that it will not only keep the plant open, but that it will add an additional shift and 900 jobs in early 2011 – bringing total employment to 2,100 workers.

The plant will continue producing the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, as well as a sedan that Chrysler has not yet confirmed.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/chrysler-to-retain-sterling-heights-plant-add-900-jobs.html

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