Just a week after it finalised the deal with Italian carmaker Fiat that allowed it to move out of bankruptcy, Chrysler Group LLC has said it will restart seven of its North American plants the week of June 29.
The plants, which have been closed since Chrysler filed for bankruptcy on April 30, will open to finish production of 2009 models and close for the previously announced summer shutdown the weeks of July 13 and July 20, the company said in a statement.
After retooling for the 2010 models, the factories will reopen — possibly on a staggered schedule.
Chrysler’s powertrain, stamping, casting and transmission plants will reopen June 29 to support the seven plants.
Three assembly plants will reopen later: Toledo North (Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro); Belvidere, Illinois, (Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass Jeep Patriot); and Saltillo, Mexico (Dodge Ram 1500 and Ram heavy duty models).
“We’ll announce the remaining plants at a later date,” said Dianna Gutierrez, a Chrysler spokeswoman.
Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy on June 9 under a new management team controlled by Italian carmaker Fiat S.p.A., which holds an initial 20 per cent stake in the US automaker.
The following plants will reopen June 29: Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, which builds Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger; Warren Truck Assembly Plant, which builds Dodge Ram and Dodge Dakota; St. Louis North Assembly Plant, which builds Dodge Ram; Toledo Supplier Park, which builds Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited; Brampton Assembly Plant, which builds Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger; Windsor Assembly Plant, which builds Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan; and Toluca Assembly Plant, Mexico, which builds Dodge Journey and Chrysler PT Cruiser.