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Report: Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers

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On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 9:48AM | By: Tim Healey

Report: Chrysler Might Be Looking To Add 3,000 Workers

According to a report, Chrysler might be looking to add 3,000 jobs and more shifts at plants in the Midwest. Three shifts, which would account for about 1,000 jobs, would be added at three plants. One is in Detroit, another in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and one in Belvidere, Illinois.

Right now, each plant has two shifts, and all three combined employ around 7,000 employees.

Chrysler won't comment officially on the idea, which was first floated by a United Auto Workers (UAW) official.

Increased sales are the idea. The plant in Detroit builds the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee while the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 sedans are build in Sterling Heights. The Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, and Patriot are built in Belvidere.

Compass sales have risen 80 percent, thanks to a redesign. If the shifts are added soon, sales could be boosted.

This is a far cry from Chrysler's problems just two years ago. With Chrysler on the rebound and the economy recovering, this is a sign that better times might be ahead.

For the first time in a while, these discussions don't involve possible plant closings, which is another good sign for Chrysler.

The Durango and Grand Cherokee were redesigned for the 2011 model year, and they have helped boost sales. So, too, have the refreshed Avenger and 200, the latter of which starred in a well-known Super Bowl commercial.

Chrysler has been on a roll for a while now, as it claws its way out of bankruptcy. And adding 3,000 new jobs and three more shifts is another good sign.

It's a bit chicken or the egg—does the increase in sales correlate with an increase in production, or will an increase in production bring about more sales? Bu, either way, Chrysler is showing some much-needed growth.

It will be interesting to see what happens when the 200, Avenger, Patriot, and Caliber undergo redesigns of their own.


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