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Chrysler employees enjoy lunch on the lawn at CTC

Chrysler employees enjoyed lunch on the lawn at the Chrysler Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne joined other company executives at the grille serving barbecue to employees at the Chrysler Technical Center (CTC) in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The picnic was held in appreciation for their dedication during Chrysler Group LLC’s first year as a new company. Making the event even more special, or perhaps just to enjoy the balmy 77-degree weather, Marchionne swapped his trademark black sweater for a casual sport shirt.

Chrysler employees check out equipment from Case New Holland

CTC employees check out equipment from Fiat Group's Case New Holland subsidiary

In addition to good food, employees were able to check out the full range of Chrysler products, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Mopar, the new Fiat 500 along with noteworthy vehicles from Fiat Group, like crowd-drawing Ferrari and Maserati cars and agricultural and construction equipment from Case New Holland. A commemorative banner signed by CTC employees was displayed on the building during the event.

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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