Chrysler announced lately that it has extra some 800 new jobs at its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) to assistance the production of its all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan. Total employment at the Sterling Heights, MI plant grows to practically 2,800 with the hires, an amazing figure for a plant that was slated for closure in 2010.
Speaking to a crowd of workers and community leaders, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne was on hand to celebrate the kick-off of 200 production last week. “We’;re producing a massive bet on its success,” mentioned Marchionne of the sedan, “we’;ve invested nearly a billion dollars in this facility.”
That billion-dollar bill has been utilised to construct a spanking new paint store, install a new body store and set up “machinery, tooling and material-handling products” in accordance to the Chrysler press release. The business says that SHAP now runs to nearly 5 million square feet of manufacturing space – loads of space for all the new workers to do their factor – and that the facility can handle several vehicles on 2 unique architectures.
Marchionne also poked fun of the fact that not all of the money Chrysler has spent on the lead-up to the 200, was allocated to SHAP. Quipped the CEO, “With all due respect to Bob Dylan and to the generous amount of cash to air this commercial during the Super Bowl, it is the guys and the women right here at SHAP that are genuine stars.”
You can find the complete video of Sergio’;s speech and an additional a single touring the reborn SHAP, under.
– Chrysler Group CEO and UAW President host production celebration attended by community leaders and workers
– Slated to near in 2010, the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant rises from the ashes with nearly $ 1 billion in investments
– New paint and body stores transform plant into versatile, state-of-the-ar2rk manufacturing facility
– Additions increase plant’;s footprint by 2 million square feet
March 14, 2014 , Sterling Heights, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne announced right now that 800 jobs have been additional to the rolls at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (Mich.), a facility that was slated to near in 2010, to support production of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200. Marchionne confirmed the employing in the course of a plant occasion celebrating production of the new mid-dimension vehicle.
Joined by UAW President Bob King, Marchionne advised the audience, which integrated Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, other local community leaders and employees, that the plant is an instance of how far the Company has come since June 2009.
“The revitalization of SHAP is an apt symbol of how far Chrysler has come simply because of the courage and resilience of our individuals,” stated Marchionne. “This plant was scheduled to close by the end of 2010. But the workers and the leaders of this community refused to accept this verdict as final.”
SHAP’;s story is one particular of rags to riches. In June 2009, as a new business emerged, it was announced that the plant would shut in December 2010. Local community leaders and personnel rallied collectively to rewrite the plant’;s fate. These efforts were rewarded with a decision in March 2010 to repurchase the plant, therefore extending production by means of 2012. An announcement in July 2010 that SHAP would remain open indefinitely and add a 2nd shift of manufacturing (about 900 jobs) in the 1st quarter of 2011 gave new existence to the facility and its staff. Later that 12 months, Chrysler Group confirmed that with continued expanding demand and new product on the horizon, it would invest virtually $ 850 million to construct an all-new, state-of-the-art paint store, as properly as set up new machinery, tooling and material-managing equipment. A 2nd investment of $ 165 million for a new body store was announced in October 2011.
“This celebration has been a lengthy time coming for the workforce right here at Sterling Heights,” said King. “They have verified that American autoworkers lead the world in constructing high quality merchandise. What has been accomplished here is a testament to the collaborative spirit that exists in between the UAW and Chrysler.”
With the 2 new services, the plant is now one particular of the most versatile and state-of-the-ar2rk in the Company with practically 5 million square feet of manufacturing room. As a consequence, SHAP is now capable of developing multiple cars on 2 unique architectures.
With the launch of the Chrysler 200, SHAP has been ready to add yet another 800 jobs as a outcome of in-sourcing of numerous critical processes, the further articles of the all-new 200 and the implementation of Planet Class Manufacturing (WCM). Total employment at SHAP has grown to practically 2,800, much more than double what it was in 2009.
“We are right here these days simply because so many of you believed that the only variation among the possible and the impossible is that the impossible has never ever been accomplished ahead of,” Marchionne told the personnel. “At the end of the day, our selection to invest in SHAP came down to the level of dedication shown by every single of you that performs right here. You have demonstrated a passion to deliver wonderful goods for our customers.”
SHAP employees have embraced the “I Believe” theme, generating an inner communications campaign that resonates in everything they do. The manufacturing celebration event opened with a functionality by the plant’;s “I Think” Choir and closed with a recitation of the “I Feel” pledge. Posters, water bottles and t-shirts reinforce the message of optimism during the shop floor.
Acknowledging not only the efforts of the community and its leaders who stood by the plant for the duration of difficult occasions, Marchionne applauded the personnel for their emphasis and dedication.
“Your resolve has set an inspiring instance for absolutely everyone at Chrysler, exhibiting what can occur when you discover the power and courage to fight for some thing worthwhile,” he explained. “I’;m proud to be connected with you, and to be on this fascinating journey with you. A journey of continued development that will secure jobs and make a positive contribution to the communities where we reside and perform. I, as well, am a believer.”
Because June 2009, Chrysler Group has announced investments of nearly $ 5.2 billion and additional nearly 13,400 hourly employees.