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800 more workers at SHAP

by David Zatz on

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said today that 800 jobs have been added at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, which had been slated to close in 2010.

Since 2009, Chrysler invested $850 million to build a state-of-the-art paint shop, as well as install new machinery, tooling and material-handling equipment; another $165 million for a new body shop was announced in October 2011.

With the two new facilities, the plant is now one of the most flexible and state-of-the-art in the Company, with nearly five million square feet of manufacturing space; it can build multiple vehicles on two unique architectures.

The 800 new jobs were attributed to in-sourcing several processes, the additional content of the 200, and the implementation of World Class Manufacturing (WCM). Total employment at SHAP has grown to nearly 2,800, more than double what it was in 2009.

“We are here today because so many of you believed that the only difference between the possible and the impossible is that the impossible has never been done before,” Marchionne told the employees. “At the end of the day, our decision to invest in SHAP came down to the level of commitment shown by each of you that works here. You have demonstrated a passion to deliver great products for our customers.”

Since June 2009, Chrysler Group has announced investments of nearly $5.2 billion and added almost 13,400 hourly employees.

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