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Production to resume at 7 more assembly plants

Posted Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009, 2:43 pm in Employee News

One week after finalizing its global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will resume volume production of vehicles with the start up of seven of its North American assembly plants the week of June 29.

As part of a phased production ramp-up, the following assembly plants are scheduled to resume production at the end of the month:

• Sterling Heights Assembly Plant(Sterling Heights, Mich.) – Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger

• Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Mich) – Dodge Ram and Dodge Dakota

• St. Louis North Assembly Plant(Fenton, Mo) – Dodge Ram

• Toledo Supplier Park (Toledo, Ohio) – Jeep® Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

• Brampton Assembly Plant (Brampton, Ontario) – Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger

• Windsor Assembly Plant (Windsor, Ontario, Canada ) – Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan

• Toluca Assembly Plant (Toluca, Mexico) – Dodge Journey and Chrysler PT Cruiser

Chrysler Group’s Powertrain and Stamping facilities that supply these assembly plants also will be operating. Chrysler’s Conner Avenue Assembly Plant in Detroit, which builds the Dodge Viper, resumed production on June 15.

All Chrysler Group plants will be closed during a previously announced two-week summer break the weeks of July 13 and 20.

A restart of production at other Chrysler Group assembly plants will be announced at a later date.
 

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NITRO: later this summer

But the company's list includes only the Toledo factories which make the Jeep Wrangler and not those that make the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro. The Liberty and Nitro factory employs about 1,000 of the complex's 1,700 Chrysler workers.

Dan Henneman, Jeep unit chair at United Auto Workers Local 12, said Chrysler hasn't confirmed when the Liberty and Nitro factory will restart but he said it likely won't be until July 27, after a company-wide summer shutdown ends. He attributed the situation to high inventory and sluggish sales of models built there.

Ont he restart of the Liberty and Nitro plant, a company spokesman said only that it would be "later this summer."


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Kenosha production to resume

Chrysler to resume production in Kenosha



Posted: Jun. 17, 2009 4:40 p.m.

Chrysler Group said Wednesday it will reopen seven factories in the coming weeks, and production is expected to start ramping up at its engine factory in Kenosha as well.

Machining work will resume next week in Kenosha, with full production slated to begin the week of June 29, said Max Gates, a Chrysler spokesman.

Union president Glenn Stark of United Auto Workers Local 72 in Kenosha said that, because of low sales levels, the plant will be producing engines at a slower rate than it was when production stopped in early May.

The Brampton, Ontario, plant that builds vehicles including engines shipped from Kenosha is one of the seven Chrysler factories slated to resume production, Gates said.

Chrysler halted all production across the company when it filed for bankruptcy protection in late April. The company emerged from bankruptcy last week after it was sold to a group of investors including Fiat, union retirees and the U.S. and Canadian governments.

LINK:Chrysler to resume production in Kenosha - JSOnline
 

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Wis. lawmakers to meet with top Chrysler exec

Wis. lawmakers to meet with top Chrysler exec


9:35 PM CDT, June 17, 2009

MILWAUKEE

The future of the Chrysler engine plant in Kenosha is on the minds of Wisconsin lawmakers scheduled to meet with a top executive of the automaker.

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl's office said Kohl, Sen. Russ Feingold and Reps. Paul Ryan of Janesville and Gwen Moore of Milwaukee plan to meet with Chrysler Group LLC Deputy CEO Jim Press at Kohl's office in Washington Thursday afternoon. Ryan is a Republican and the others are Democrats.

The Kenosha plant is scheduled to shut down in October 2010, ending 800 jobs, but Wisconsin officials have been urging Chrysler to reconsider and take advantage of the facility and its workforce.

Article Link:Wis. lawmakers to meet with top Chrysler exec -- chicagotribune.com
 

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Chrysler talks disappoint state delegation


Updated: Jun. 18, 2009 6:03 p.m.

Chrysler executives provided no assurances that they are taking a hard look at keeping the Kenosha Engine plant open, members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation said in a statement Thursday.

As a result, the Wisconsin congressmen said they plan to "call on the (Obama) administration to intervene."

"We made our case on behalf of the Kenosha workers, but Chrysler gave us no reason to believe that they're putting any effort into keeping the Kenosha plant open," said a statement from Wisconsin Sens. Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, both Democrats, as well as Reps. Gwen Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat, and Paul Ryan, a Janesville Republican.

"We are deeply disappointed and angered that Chrysler has chosen, in effect, to shift jobs to Mexico despite the years of loyal, productive service - and more recently, the tax dollars - the workers of Kenosha have given the company to ensure a new Chrysler continues to produce cars."

The statement was released after a Capitol Hill meeting with Jim Press, Chrysler's deputy chief executive, and John Bozzella, Chrysler vice president of external affairs.

Members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation met with the officials to protest Chrysler's plan to close the Kenosha factory next year.

"We had a good constructive talk about what we see as a path toward keeping Kenosha in the mix," said Moore. "We talked about how important it was to keep the American jobs here, given the commitment that the U.S. government has made, and we were pretty adamant in our conversation about that."

Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said he could not comment on the private discussions between Press and the congressmen.

The Kenosha engine plant is scheduled to close in 2010, but Fiat inserted language into its purchase agreement in federal Bankruptcy Court giving it the option of buying the engine factory.

The offer to buy the engine plant must be made by the end of July, according to the revised purchase agreement.

Members of the delegation discussed the possibility of the Kenosha plant making engines to supply the Belvidere, Ill., assembly plant as well as the possibility of making engines for the CNH Global tractor factory in Racine.

CNH Global is largely owned by Fiat. Fiat management took over day-to-day operations of Chrysler last week, after buying the company in a deal that gives ownership stakes in Chrysler Group to United Auto Workers retirees and the U.S. and Canadian governments.

Chrysler's decision to close Kenosha drew fire from Wisconsin political leaders because the company is proceeding with plans to open a Mexico factory that will produce a new line of fuel-efficient engines that originally were going to be built in Kenosha.

The delegation's next move will be to contact President Barack Obama, Moore said.

"We, as a delegation, have every intention to exercise our objective to contact the president to talk about all of the paths that we regard as viable for Kenosha," Moore said.

Asked if she was optimistic that Chrysler would keep the plant open, Moore said, "You fight until you get what you want. It's not a matter of being optimistic. We have not given up the possibility that we can work something out. We are not quitters."

LINK:Chrysler talks disappoint state delegation - JSOnline
 
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