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Chrysler resumes manufacturing at 7 plants

by Bill Cawthon on

Vehicle production got underway again today at seven Chrysler Group assembly plants in North America. The plants had been idle since April 30, when Chrysler LLC entered bankruptcy. The seven facilities are: Sterling Heights, Warren Truck, St. Louis North, Toledo Supplier Park, Brampton, Windsor and Toluca.

The powertrain and stamping plants that support the assembly operations also resumed operation.

Frank Ewasyshyn, Chrysler Group’s executive v-p of manufacturing said, “Our manufacturing facilities are ready to produce products that will thrill our customers and deliver a higher level of excellence and quality. We have an obligation to uphold; not only to ourselves but to our customers, the U. S. and Canadian taxpayers, Chrysler retirees and our local communities—a promise to build better products and generate revenues that will ensure a future for all of us.”

All Chrysler Group plants will shut down the weeks of July 13 and 20 for a two-week summer break.

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, 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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