Chrysler Jefferson North to Hire 900
The President, in Detroit to announce the success of the bailout program of 2009, has visited both GM and Chrysler facilities, drove the Volt at GM's Hamtramck facility and witnessed how Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Chrysler, announced the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) will be kept operational.
As you already know, the plant was scheduled to close in 2012, but the good performance of the American manufacturer will no longer require that to happen. Even more, the plant will even hire workers in 2009, with Marchionne saying 900 jobs will be added.
“We were honored to have the President come to Jefferson North today,” Marchionne said in a statement. “It was because of the courageousness of his decision that Chrysler has been able to survive, and in fact thrive, a little more than a year after bankruptcy.”
The facility manufactures the Grand Cherokee, a model which has proved so successful that Chrysler already added a second shift of production, meaning 1,100 people. The workforce to be hired in 2011 will be part of that second shift.
"A lot of people were skeptical," Obama said during his visit at the plant. "There were many who said we should just let the market take its course. ... But I had confidence in you."
The Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit is a nearly 3-million-square-foot assembly plant which first started production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1992.
The factory in Detroit is a nearly 3-million-square-foot assembly facility which produced the first Jeep Grand Cherokee in 1992. Since then, four million units have been sold.