Article published Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Jeep plant calls back thousands of workers
Deal with Plastech halts parts crunch
It was a temporary agreement reached yesterday between Chrysler LLC and a key supplier, but the shipment of interior vehicle parts meant thousands of laid-off workers at the Toledo Jeep Assembly complex have been called back to work.
Plastech Engineered Products Inc., of Dearborn, Mich., was to begin resupplying Toledo Jeep and other Chrysler plants, so the assembly plants were to be nearly in full production yesterday afternoon.
Toledo Jeep makes Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler, and Dodge Nitro. The complex employs 4,000 Chrysler workers. Most were furloughed Monday.
Details of the agreement between Plastech and the automaker were not disclosed, but the agreement extends through Feb. 15. Chrysler last week canceled its contracts with the supplier and tried unsuccessfully to recover its tooling to move it to other suppliers.
Haig Stoddard, a senior auto industry analyst with Global Insights Automotive Group in suburban Detroit, said the temporary agreement likely won't settle much.
"In the interim, it allows them to keep production going in hopes that they'll come to a more permanent solution until they go to court on Feb. 13," he said.
"Chrysler was in a position that they had to do something. They had to get production going again or they would have been losing an awful lot of money,"
Mr. Stoddard said.
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