April 18, 2007
“When I met with Dr. Zetsche during my recent investment mission to Germany, I was emphatic that a strong DaimlerChrysler is important to Michigan and we stand ready to help them thrive in our state. DaimlerChrysler’s vision for growth and strength clearly includes Michigan and that’s great news for all of us for Michigan, Michigan workers and Michigan’s economy.”
Trenton Phoenix Engine Plant
The new Trenton Phoenix Engine Plant, located adjacent to the Chrysler Group Trenton Engine Plant, is expected to begin production in 2009.
The Trenton plant will have a competitive labor agreement that incorporates Smart manufacturing initiatives and flexible CNC-based machining, volume-bundled parts purchasing, volume-bundled capital investment and standardized tooling.
Over the long term, the Phoenix family of V-6 engines will reduce manufacturing complexity by paring the Company’s four current V-6 engine architectures to one.
Marysville Axle Plant
The Marysville Axle Plant will be located in the city of Marysville (St. Clair County). The $700 million investment will include engineering and development for the creation of a new family of axles that provide better fuel economy. In addition, the common axle will allow the Company to consolidate the number of axles for better economies of scale.
Sterling Heights Paint Shop
The investment at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant will include retooling that will improve the coatings process in all key areas of the paint shop including pretreatment, paint mix room and spray booths. In addition, the new technology will increase flexibility and efficiency which will contribute to improved quality and reduce costs.
The new paint shop will have the capability to paint any vehicle in the front-wheel-drive vehicle family, providing future flexibility for the Corporation. The paint shop will be completed in 2009.
Warren Truck Assembly Plant and Warren Stamping
Warren Truck Assembly Plant and Warren Stamping will receive multiple plant upgrades to improve quality, productivity and worker ergonomics. The retooling also will increase flexibility and prepare it for its role in the Chrysler Group’s 20 all-new vehicle product offensive.
Chrysler Group will announce additional details of its “Powertrain Offensive” at a later date. All of these investments are subject to final approval and incentive packages.
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(April 18, 2007)