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Chrysler leases more office space; returns to Fortune 500

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler is growing: to relieve overcrowding at its Auburn Hills headquarters, the company has leased 210,000 square feet of additional office space in a building at 1075 West Entrance formerly occupied by EDS. The new facilities will have enopugh space for about 1,300 workers. The plan is to consolidate information technology staff from the Chrysler Tech Center, Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and Mopar’s Centerline distribution center. The space left in the Tech Center building will accommodate engineering staff working on new vehicles. Chrysler is adding 1,000 new engineers to its staff.

Contrast this to General Motors, which may be looking to lay off engineers (not executives) to reduce costs. GM’s first-quarter earnings of $3.2 billion included $1.5 billion in one-time gains from sales of its stakes in Delphi and Ally Financial. The company did make an operating profit of $800 million but those came at a cost of GM’s industry-leading $300 million in incentives spending. GM sales also suffered in Latin America due to the company’s aging product line.

Chrysler is back on the Fortune 500 list. In the latest rankings, Chrysler was No. 59, between Caterpillar and Safeway. General Motors and Ford made it to the top ten; GM at eighth and Ford at tenth.

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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