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Chrysler plants to re-open today

by Bill Cawthon on

Thousands of workers will return to their jobs after having been idled since April 30. Chrysler Group is restarting seven assembly plants along with powertrain and support facilities.

The resumption of production was threatened by some supplier problems, including a recently resolved dispute with TRW and there still may be challenges as some suppliers are already in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and others may follow soon. This could cause supply-chain disruptions and hamper Chrysler’s ability to crank out new cars and trucks.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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