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Chrysler staffing up again

by Bill Cawthon on

After shedding thousands of jobs, Chrysler has put out the hiring sign again. And this time, the company is looking for permanent employees, not contractors.

The numbers aren’t huge, yet, but the types of positions the automaker needs to fill point to a confidence the company is on its way back. Chrysler is looking for degreed professionals and experienced managers in design, engineering, finance, information technology and manufacturing. These positions are in addition to the 1,600 mostly contract positions added between December 2009 and March of this year and the 1,080 hourly jobs Chrysler is looking to fill.

Over the past five years, Chrysler has cut more than 44,000 positions as Daimler, then Cerberus, chopped sinew and bone to reduce expenses, leaving the company without the human resources needed for critical new product development. One of the most critical tasks facing CEO Sergio Marchionne has been restoring the company to a fully functioning automobile company.

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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