Chrysler To Close 8 Plants, Workers To Be Miraculously Unharmed

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Bloomberg reports that if Chrysler fails to secure a deal with Fiat and rapidly exit Chapter 11, some 38,500 jobs could be lost in a liquidation. According to one of Chrysler’s lawyers, anyway. But an Automotive News [sub] story says that, in addition to Chrysler’s plant idling during bankruptcy, no fewer than eight of its factories will be permanently closed by December 2010. The best part? According to Chrysler sources, the proposed Fiat deal would allow ChryCo “to retain substantially all our employees.” Huh? “Any employee displaced by the bankruptcy will be given an opportunity at other Chrysler facilities,” explains spokeswoman Dianna Gutierrez. Not only did Chrysler deny that shutting eight plants would cause the negative impacts (job loss) that government billions were supposed to prevent, it went as far to suggest that the Fiat alliance would add about 5,000 employees to the payroll. In fact, if you believe the Pentastar line, there are only two victims in in the Chrysler plan: Sebring and Avenger.

According to AN, the following plants will be part of “Bad Chrysler” and will be shuttered by 2010 (employee numbers from AP):

  • Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, MI (hence the welcome Sebring/Avenger deaths, 1,400 employees)
  • Detroit Axle, MI (1,650 employees, already scheduled for closure)
  • Conner Avenue Assembly (Detroit), MI (Viper, 115 employees)
  • St. Louis North Plant, MO (Ram, 1,200 employees)
  • Kenosha Engine, WI (850 employees)
  • Twinsburg Stamping Plant, OH (1,250 employees)
  • Newark, Del (idled)
  • St. Louis South (idled)

And the “Good Chrysler” plants are:

  • Toluca, Mexico
  • Saltillo, Mexico
  • Brampton, Canada
  • Windsor, Canada
  • Toledo North, OH
  • Toledo Supplier Park, OH
  • Warren Truck, MI
  • Jefferson Avenue, MI
  • Belvidere, IL
  • Dodge Sprinter facilities in Ladson, SC
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  • Menno Menno on May 02, 2009

    George B said "Lots of money is sitting on the sidelines while the new rules get sorted out." Yes. True, that. Much of it will never come back into this country for investment, because it is actually far safer to place your chips in Communist China or Capitalist India than Fascist Amerika. I never thought I would live to see the day. As for McPain, well, f8, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Your commentary about McPain is humorous to me because you assume that he was actually a real Republican, i.e. conservative, constitutionally minded, etc. - there hasn't been such a thing in the major parts of that party for decades. McPain was just a RINO. There was almost no difference between his stances on things and Barry's, if you step back and really look with an honest eye. Ron Paul 2012.

  • Menno Menno on May 02, 2009

    As for the huge, most-valuable-spot-in-American-auto-sales (Camcord class) that the Sebring and Avenger will leave once it dies, Chrysler cannot possibly get a Fiat product in it's place in anything less than 2 years. Far too long. Perhaps if Chrysler pays cash money up front, Mitsubishi, and ex-"partner" (i.e. ex-abused spouse) could be convinced to provide badged Galants for sale. Attention President Goodwrench; bonus points!!! Galants are built in "your" home state of Illinois!!! (Deep sarcasm alert for those not paying attention). The Galants are actually far better cars than are the Sebring/Avenger, even if they are not really up to the competition of even the Malibu/Aura. Hey, Mitsubishi? DEMAND CASH UP FRONT FOR EVERY CAR.... Alternately with Fiat being GIVEN a portion of Chrysler (on OUR DIME, i.e. the US Taxpayers) and with Fiat trying to pull a similar fast-on and snagging OPEL, perhaps Fiat could convince President Goodwrench to have GM temporarily build rebadged Saturn Aura (Opel based) cars as Chryslers and Dodges. An ex-Saturn Aura rebadged as a Chrysler Crown?(named after the chapeau of desire of Prez Goodwrench?). Sorry, my sarcasm-meter just pegged again.

  • Alan These are not very good off road vehicles. This price for this Jeep means it should of been an exceptional off roader. I watched a comparison between this Jeep a Patrol and a 300 Series. One part of the test has the vehicle in an off road situation which arises often, that is only 3 wheels have contact with the ground and one is suspended and another only has minimal weight (contact). This leaves two wheels diagonally opposite bearing the weight. A test the reviewer call the "Door Test" was carried out. Both the Nissan and Toyota could open and close all doors and tailgate. The Jeep couldn't. The twist in the chassis shows how poor the engineering was done. A monocoque constructed vehicle should be easy to make rigid. Jeep managed to produce a rigid vehicle in the XJ decades ago.Don't buy this vehicle for any off road work, it sucks.
  • RobbyG "Seats are in good condition, covers on them for looks."If you post the advertising pictures with blankets covering the seats that appear to have been made by the original owners "Nana", I wouldn't even want to see what this sellers' idea of "good condition" is.Personally I have never understood the appeal of these. Never have been in one, but almost everyone is in agreement that they are noisy, dangerously unsafe, and slower than a pregnant turtle. Shame about the undercarriage and all the rust. Still, this one will sell. It has always amazed me the prices that these things go for.
  • TheEndlessEnigma I don't have to read the review, the price says it all. Nah.
  • Jkross22 this is how difficult it can get....
  • Jkross22 I would advise against buying/leasing a hydrogen vehicle until Honda and Toyota's hydrogen partners figure out the supply chain. Here is why....This map is more green than normal, meaning most stations are working and have H2 to dispense. Normally about 40% of them are either inoperative or have run out of H2. Toyota and Honda need to hold their partners accountable or find others that are better at this.
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