Marchionne Denies Plans to Keep Sterling Heights
"I've read the speculation in the press, I've seen some people get incredibly excited about the fact that we're about ready to change our mind. I can tell you right now I have no plans on my desk that would suggest that the decision is going to be reversed. I think that we need to look at a variety of factors before commitments like this are made," he was quoted as saying by just-auto.com.
The denial of the press reports does leave room, as we can see, for speculation. The CEO did not explicitly said the plant will close, as projected, in 2010, limiting himself at adding that a decision concerning the facility will be made after talks with the UAW.
"If there is anything that needs to be done in connection with that plant, it certainly needs to be discussed first and foremost with the national leadership of the UAW. I understand the local interest in this issue, but I think we have a number of exchanges and commitments made with Ron Gettlefinger of the UAW and I think that he is the first and foremost interface in the process."
The news about a possible escape from the ax surfaced this week, when persons close to Chrysler's five year business plan said Sterling will survive until Fiat is ready to replace the sedans. This would have given the plant an extra two years of live, as the first such replacement wouldn't be here until 2012.