Yesterday, there was a big announcement about Chrysler Group's investment in their Detroit-area plants...that'll add over 1,000 jobs over the next several months.
Here's what the brass said about Chrysler Group's latest investment in Metro Detoit-area manufacturing (which were announced on Thursday at the Mack Avenue Engine Plant):
-Sergio Marchionnne, Chrysler Group Chairman & CEO: “Today is another important milestone in living up to the commitment we made more than three and a half years ago to our employees, this city, this region and our country to transform this company. All of these investments are the direct result of a lot of people who have battled courageously to bring Chrysler back to a state of growth. It is our contribution toward helping Southeastern Michigan get back on its feet.
"I want to thank(Detroit) Mayor (Dave) Bing, and all the other state and local officials who worked with u, to make these investments possible. Together, and with the support of our UAW partners, we are committed to building something that will have a long lasting, direct impact on this community,”
-General Holiefield, United Auto Workers Vice President, and Director of the UAW Chrysler Department: "“These new investments, and new jobs, are a testament to the determination we all had – management, labor and our workforce – to making the best of the second chance we were given in 2009. In partnership with the UAW, Chrysler Group is helping grow good paying manufacturing jobs and securing the future manufacturing base in this country.”
New Investments & Shift Additions by Ma Mopar in Detroit area facilities:
-Mack Avenue Engine Plant ("Mack I"): $198 million, to add production capacity for the Penrtastar V6, beginning in Model Year 2014. (That's next year, as we're well into MY 2013 already.) The 4.7L V8 in production there now will be phased out in the first quarter of calendar-year 2013, and the plant will then start making Pentastar V6crankshafts (& later, cylinder blocks and heads) that'll then go to the Trenton South Engine Plant for assembly. . New Jobs to be added: 250.
-Trenton North Engine Plant: $40 million, to add a flexible production line that can run both Pentastar and Tigershark engines.This is in addition to the $114 million investment (and 268 new jobs) announced last June for re-purposing 400,000 square feet of Trenton North for production of core components of the Pentastar V6 (i.e.the stuff they won't be making at Mack I.) Output from there will all go to Trenton South Engine for assembly, then the engines go to the vehicle assembly plants (Windsor, Sterling Heights, Brampton, etc.) for vehicle installation.
-Warren Truck Assembly Plant: Gains a third shift in March '13 for expanded production of the RAM 1500 pickup. New jobs to be added:1,000. (Warren Truck is the third vehicle assembly plant to add a shift (and new jobs!) in the last year, following Belvidere and Jefferson North.)
That makes the total US investment by Ma Mopar in USA facilities since June of 2009 $4.75 billion...leading to the addition of 6,000 jobs.
Just a few things to keep in mind the next time you're shopping for a new daily driver or work truck.
(Info courtesy Allpar.com and Chrysler...Images courtesy Chrysler)