Reprieve for Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant?

Sep 28, 2009 Read more: www.wwj.com 30

It looks like Chrysler could be looking at delaying the closing of its Sterling Heights assembly plant which is currently set to shut down next year.

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Honest

Canada

#1 Sep 28, 2009
This would be some good news. Fingers crossed for those of you at SHAP.
npg2kep

AOL

#2 Sep 28, 2009
So - if Sterling Heights stays open, where will they get their engines from since Kenosha Engine is slated to close sometime next year?
rlg1225

Midland, MI

#3 Sep 28, 2009
Gema Dundee Mi.???????
Windsor Dick

AOL

#4 Sep 28, 2009
Any positive news is good in this economy,
When are they putting Penistar engines in new cars
4bddn

O Fallon, MO

#5 Sep 28, 2009
well, lets see...1)they cant keep shap open passed the original shutdown date. it was in not only their bankruptcy hearing, but also in their bailout agreement with the govt. 2)shap was sold off to the old chrysler, which is why its shutting down in the first place. so, with that being said, lets look at this more clearly. if they do decide to keep shap open past next year, then its in violation of their bankruptcy agreement. if they do keep it open, theyre going to have to lease or buy it back from the old chrysler. but where the money to do that? sad fact is, its not official that this will happen. its speculation. more importantly, its wishful rhinking. once they notify the govt on this matter, shap will continue to be shut down, on schedule. dream on people. better yet, move on
emanon313

Dearborn, MI

#6 Sep 28, 2009
Windsor Dick wrote:
Any positive news is good in this economy,
When are they putting Penistar engines in new cars
Penistar??? LOL
Happy Trails

Eureka, MO

#7 Sep 28, 2009
Wish you all the best!

“Proud SHAP Worker”

Since: Feb 09

Michigan

#8 Sep 29, 2009
4bddn wrote:
well, lets see...1)they cant keep shap open passed the original shutdown date. it was in not only their bankruptcy hearing, but also in their bailout agreement with the govt. 2)shap was sold off to the old chrysler, which is why its shutting down in the first place. so, with that being said, lets look at this more clearly. if they do decide to keep shap open past next year, then its in violation of their bankruptcy agreement. if they do keep it open, theyre going to have to lease or buy it back from the old chrysler. but where the money to do that? sad fact is, its not official that this will happen. its speculation. more importantly, its wishful rhinking. once they notify the govt on this matter, shap will continue to be shut down, on schedule. dream on people. better yet, move on
The New Chrysler is leasing SHAP fromt the Old Chrysler NOW! Conner was slated to close, now they are not. NewCo bought it from OldCo. As for speculation, it's been reported on every news station in town. Don't be so bitter.
NorthSouth

Omaha, NE

#9 Sep 29, 2009
ShapGirl wrote:
<quoted text>
The New Chrysler is leasing SHAP fromt the Old Chrysler NOW! Conner was slated to close, now they are not. NewCo bought it from OldCo. As for speculation, it's been reported on every news station in town. Don't be so bitter.
How sweet is that? Chrysler/Fiat buying Old Car co plants? I hope it all works out. I hope they buy em all back up! Woot!

I hear St Louis is up for sale. Bargain price!:)
hopeful

Allen Park, MI

#10 Sep 29, 2009
ShapGirl wrote:
<quoted text>
The New Chrysler is leasing SHAP fromt the Old Chrysler NOW! Conner was slated to close, now they are not. NewCo bought it from OldCo. As for speculation, it's been reported on every news station in town. Don't be so bitter.
well said SHAPGIRL

Since: Oct 08

Toledo, OH

#11 Sep 29, 2009
..the monies Chrysler receives from the SHAP plant (Lease $$ from New to Old) will be used to help pay back government loans. It was part of the plan, just no one knew what plant(s) were going to be chosen. Hopefully we'll know more in November... Best wishes to you all up at SHAP..
4bddn

O Fallon, MO

#12 Sep 29, 2009
ShapGirl wrote:
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The New Chrysler is leasing SHAP fromt the Old Chrysler NOW! Conner was slated to close, now they are not. NewCo bought it from OldCo. As for speculation, it's been reported on every news station in town. Don't be so bitter.
new chrysler isnt leasing shap from old chrysler. it hasnr been shut down yet. only after then, can the 'lease' it. conner was supposed to close, but chrysler pulled the sale of the table. they didnt buy it back. think you need to get your facts straight. its been reported everywhere as speculation. nobody knows for certain until nov when the offical 'report' comes out. what you dont understand here, is that everything so far has been in violation of the bancruptcy procedings. i will try and find the articles for you oconcerning all of this. what troubles me more is this: sebring/avenger arent selling (theyre losing money left and right). rather than shut the plant downa and axe the money losing products and start over, chrysler is going to keep the plant open longer and dump money into those vehices to freshen them up? while at the same time spent millions to look for a replacemnet? where is the money coming from? fiat isnt putting money into chrysler. and since chrysler just got out of bancruptcy, they have no money either. and all this from a company that just got out of bancruptcy for basically the same stupid business practices in the past? they havent learned ANYTHING. i feel for everyone who still works for these clowns. you wont be employed very long.
charles

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Sep 29, 2009
MeNotYou

Howell, MI

#15 Sep 29, 2009
More of the same, only time will tell.

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2009/09/...

I still believe the end is near.

“Change NAFTA/ Trade Agreements”

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#16 Sep 29, 2009
charles wrote:
http://www.wxyz.com/news/local /story/SOURCE-Chrysler-Car-Pla nt-to-Stay-Open/F8ySkIspN0SVWu tqgfao9Q.cspx?r
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DETROIT (WXYZ)- Some good news for workers at the Chrysler assembly plant in Sterling Heights.
The Associated Press is reporting Fiat and Chrysler will keep the facility open.

Chrysler will try to improve its slow-selling midsize cars and keep making them indefinitely until it can design a replacement based on Fiat technology, a person briefed on the company's business plan said Monday.

The Sterling Heights plant makes the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring and was scheduled to close by the end of next year. But its life will be extended for an undetermined period until a new product can be developed based on Fiat technology, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the business plan has not been approved by the Chrysler board.

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, who was given control of Chrysler after it exited bankruptcy protection in June, presented the business plan to the new board on Friday, but no action was taken, the person said.
The board is reviewing the plan and could act on it as soon as this week, according to the person.

Chrysler is to brief the Obama administration's auto task force sometime this week, according to a Treasury Department spokeswoman.

The company has received about $15.5 billion in U.S. government aid.

Chrysler intends to "refresh and renew" the Sebring and Avenger and is looking at improvements to the interior and how to make the engine and transmission quieter, the person said. That means the plant will stay open to make the Sebring and Avenger beyond its scheduled closing.

Last week, another person briefed on the plan said Chrysler intends to build a new midsize car based on Fiat's C-EVO frame and suspension with a Fiat-based engine and transmission. The frame, being designed for a European compact car, can be stretched to serve as a U.S. midsize car, the person said.

The person also said Chrysler is trying to get the car on the U.S. market in 18 months, which is around the middle of 2011.

Chrysler spokesman Max Gates said the Sterling Heights plant was sold to the old Chrysler during bankruptcy court proceedings and is scheduled to close in December of next year.

"We have not announced any changes to that plan," he said Monday.

Most of Chrysler's assets were sold in bankruptcy court to a new company run by Fiat.

The Sterling Heights plant now employs about 1,300 workers and is running one shift per day, according to Gates.

Through August, Chrysler's sales were down 39 percent compared with the same period last year, the largest decline of any major automaker. In the critical midsize segment, which often is top-seller in the U.S. market, the company this year has sold only 34,700 Sebring and Avenger sedans combined. That's only 15 percent of the 238,000 Camrys sold by Toyota, the perennial sales leader.

Chrysler is banking on Fiat's smart designs and fuel efficiency to win over U.S. buyers.
Shapman

Dearborn, MI

#17 Sep 29, 2009
4bddn wrote:
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new chrysler isnt leasing shap from old chrysler. it hasnr been shut down yet. only after then, can the 'lease' it. conner was supposed to close, but chrysler pulled the sale of the table. they didnt buy it back. think you need to get your facts straight. its been reported everywhere as speculation. nobody knows for certain until nov when the offical 'report' comes out. what you dont understand here, is that everything so far has been in violation of the bancruptcy procedings. i will try and find the articles for you oconcerning all of this. what troubles me more is this: sebring/avenger arent selling (theyre losing money left and right). rather than shut the plant downa and axe the money losing products and start over, chrysler is going to keep the plant open longer and dump money into those vehices to freshen them up? while at the same time spent millions to look for a replacemnet? where is the money coming from? fiat isnt putting money into chrysler. and since chrysler just got out of bancruptcy, they have no money either. and all this from a company that just got out of bancruptcy for basically the same stupid business practices in the past? they havent learned ANYTHING. i feel for everyone who still works for these clowns. you wont be employed very long.
Wow you just know everthing. SHAP is indeed being leased from Oldcarco. And SHAP will be open until 2012 they will not go without a midsize car for 2 years no matter how much money it loses they HAVE to stay in that market.
hmmmm

Washington, MI

#18 Sep 29, 2009
Enthusiasm to help shoulder the Sebring "re-hash" ?.......

Old ChryCo held the dubious distinction of having the worst supplier relations in Detroit(thanks Cerberus). Now, for some odd reason, suppliers aren’t wanting to shoulder the cost of developing components for new Chrysler vehicles.

Chrysler isn’t making any production volume promises for future products (an ominous sign in its own right), which means cash-strapped suppliers aren’t rushing in to spend their money developing parts.“Why would we want to tie ourselves to Chrysler when GM and Ford are a known factor?” asks one interior-component supplier.“We’re already financially strapped so we have to be more choosey in where we will spend our money.” Meanwhile, this supplier recalcitrance is making it hard for Chrysler to plan anything.
Chaz

Cape Girardeau, MO

#19 Sep 29, 2009
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_1344079...
business - briefs
Chrysler CEO's survival plan saves 1,300 jobs
The Denver Post
Posted: 09/29/2009 01:00:00 AM MDT

DETROIT — More than 1,300 Chrysler workers will keep their jobs and continue producing the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger for another two years under a five-year survival plan unveiled by chief executive Sergio Marchionne.

Marchionne, who presented his strategy to Chrysler's board of directors Friday, wants to keep the Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Michigan open into 2012, according to two people familiar with the plan's details. The plant was originally slated to close in December 2010.

The Sebring and Avenger sedans were expected to be dropped because of poor sales.
SHAPWORKER

Detroit, MI

#20 Oct 3, 2009
It is unfortunate for us but the fact is we will close down, those of you who work at shap must know that on sept25 we had a rally holifield did not show up no one from international of importance showed up. When they dont show support for the plant and they have ownership we are going to close. To all my brothers and sisters just get prepared to be shipped out to other plants like 9 mile stamping or 15 mile stamping or dodge truck on 9 mile or jefferson once they offer a plant we cant refuse it, also be prepared for belivedere. We should all thank the Obama and Gettlefinger since they have the power to stop it but they will not. Can anyone say 14 or less like the brothers and sister of axle.
Wakeup

Detroit, MI

#21 Oct 3, 2009
SHAPWORKER wrote:
It is unfortunate for us but the fact is we will close down, those of you who work at shap must know that on sept25 we had a rally holifield did not show up no one from international of importance showed up. When they dont show support for the plant and they have ownership we are going to close. To all my brothers and sisters just get prepared to be shipped out to other plants like 9 mile stamping or 15 mile stamping or dodge truck on 9 mile or jefferson once they offer a plant we cant refuse it, also be prepared for belivedere. We should all thank the Obama and Gettlefinger since they have the power to stop it but they will not. Can anyone say 14 or less like the brothers and sister of axle.
Don't worry about wtap its being sold

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