The new Chrysler Group LLC wasted no time in getting itself up and at least walking, if not exactly running, by announcing plans to reopen seven more production facilities during the week of June 29, allowing them to complete their 2009 model runs and prepare for 2010MY startup. All of Chrysler's plants had been shut down since the automaker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on April 30. Earlier this week, production was restarted at the Conner Avenue Plant in Detroit, which is home to the Viper. By month's end, the Sterling Heights Plant (Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger) and Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Dodge Ram, Dodge Dakota) also are set to resume operations in Michigan. Outside of the state, the St. Louis North Plant in Fenton, Missouri (Dodge Ram) and the Supplier Park Plant in Toledo, Ohio (Jeep Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited) will restart.
Coming back online north of the border are the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario (Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger/Challenger) and it's sister facility, the Windsor Assembly Plant (Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Volkswagen Routan) while the Toluca Assembly Plant (Chrysler PT Cruiser, Dodge Journey) will reopen in Toluca, Mexico. The Chrysler Group's powertrain, stamping, casting and transmission facilities that supply key components for these eight assembly plants also will recommence operations during this period. Ironically, the plan calls for all to go dark again from July 13-27 for the previously announced annual summer break period and then reopening on a possibly staggered basis to begin turning out 2010 models.
Chrysler's release also indicated that its three remaining assembly plants -- Toledo North (Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro), Belvedere, Illinois (Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot) and Saltillo, Mexico (Dodge Ram 1500 and Ram HD models) -- will reopen at an unspecified later date.