INTERNATIONAL US: Chrysler hiring plans bought forward
Tue, 1 May 2012
The chief executive of auto manufacturer Chrysler Group, Sergio Marchionne, has announced that plans to create 1,100 jobs at the firm will be complete earlier than planned.
In May 2010, it was announced that a third shift would start at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit early next year, but this is now due to be in place by November.
The plant builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, and this year will not take the regular two-week summer break from production due to strength of demand for the products.
Meanwhile, the company is to reopen its Conner Avenue plant, also in Detroit, to manufacture a new model named the SRT Viper, which will “bring back 150 jobs”, according to Marchionne.
The announcements were made at a speech in which the chief executive announced that the company is occupying space in downtown Detroit for the first time in its history, moving around 70 staff into a building now known as ‘Chrysler House’.