Chrysler Ready to Grab Plastech Toolings and Run
Chrysler's standing by. At 4pm EST, a federal judge will rule whether or not the American automaker owns the tooling that makes the plastic parts they need to build cars. Should the court rule against bankrupt parts supplier Plastech and green light a Chrysler reclamation, a fleet of trucks are ready to swoop in, grab the tooling and whisk it off to other suppliers. According to Automotive News [sub], Chrysler has already signed letters of intent to relocate production with three of their other suppliers, with more sub-contractors "angling" for a piece of the Plastech pie. Wherever the toolings end up, ALL Mopar assembly lines will shut down while they're installing the equipment in its new homes– which could take as long as a week. Or… a year if Plastech's testimony to the judge is accurate. Which would kill Chrysler dead. If you're going with the former scenario, a shutdown could be a blessing in disguise; Chrysler's inventory levels are too high as it is.
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