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Sterling Heights Assembly to stay open until 2011

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant will remain in operation through 2011. The plant was scheduled to be shuttered next year but company executives, recognizing the need to improve its position in the mid-size car segment, gave it an extension. Marchionne also said he expects the next-generation Sebring will be built in the U.S.

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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