Sterling Heights Fate Still in the Air

Despite the exciting title given by American manufacturer Chrysler to its press release regarding the fate of the Sterling Heights assembly plant ("Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne Statement Regarding Sterling Heights Assembly Plant"), not much light has been shed on the future of the Sebring and Avenger manufacturing facility.

According to Marchionne, "Chrysler Group continues to engage in dialogue with a number of concerned parties regarding the future of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant." So far, no conclusion has been reached, as several issues have to be resolved before a final decision is made.

"The Company has a series of issues that must be resolved related to a potential production extension at Sterling Heights Assembly prior to any official announcement. Those discussions with the city, state and asset managers continue with full support and commitment from the International UAW Chrysler Department lead by General Holiefield," Marchionne says in the release.

The plant is under review pending closure, as the manufacturer will discontinue the models being built here in 2012 at the latest. The Sterling Heights facility is scheduled for shutdown by late 2010.

"While these discussions go on, Chrysler Group continues to study alternative locations for the long-term product action outlined in the Company’s strategic plan. These alternatives include several options such as identifying Greenfield sites outside the state of Michigan," Marchionne added.

"The Company will continue to work with the appropriate parties to resolve the concerns with a focus on rebuilding the fabric of a new Chrysler into a vibrant and competitive entity.
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