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25 years of the CTC

by David Zatz on

It’s hard to believe, but when the Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) was first built, there were no smartphones, and few cellphones; Apple’s imminent demise was still being predicted daily, and some thought Chrysler would drop first. Still, Chrysler Corporation was, against the advice of analysts and pundits, investing heavily in a massive technical center.

The CTC opened in 1991, bringing people from more than 28 locations together with advanced manufacturing facilities. Together with the Tower, the complex is the second largest office in the United States, in floor space; only the Pentagon is larger.

Chris Theodore, leader of the PT Cruiser and Ford GT (among other cars), told Allpar that the plan started in 1987, just after Chrysler bought AMC (owner of Jeep). He said that the team used the CTC’s odd shape to put “one platform team over the other, aligning body engineering over body engineering, etc. Setting up a team-centered core … I think it’s one of the best facilities in the world.”

The CTC is still the only building of its kind in the automotive industry.

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