The Chrysler Group LLC Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant (SHAP) was once scheduled to close by the end of 2010 as an aspect of court-approved reorganization of the company. Today, not only is the plant -- home of the all-new 2011 Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger -- still very much open for business, it is receiving a brand new, state-of-the-art paint shop, expected to be completed by the end of 2012 ... talk about a comeback story.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held at SHAP today, where Chrysler Group's Vice President and Head of Assembly Operations Fred Goedtel, Congressman Gary Peters (D-MI), Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, Executive Administrative Assistant to General Holiefield ,Tim Bressler, Sterling Heights Assembly Plant Manager, Tyree Minner, and other invited guests showed their support for the construction of the 500,000-square-foot paint shop. 

 

The project marks the fulfillment of an $850 million investment in SHAP and two local stamping plants in Sterling Heights and Warren (Mich.) that was pledged by Chrysler Group in October 2010.

Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte noted that $850 million dollars is the largest investment in a Sterling Heights property in city history and all of the distinguished guests' speeches reinforced the significant and positive meaning of this addition to SHAP for the city of Sterling Heights, Chrysler Group LLC and for the automotive industry.

 

 

 

 

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Top: Chrysler Group's Vice President and Head of Assembly Operations Fred Goedtel (left to right), UAW Executive Administrative Assistant Tim Bressler, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Congressman Gary Peters and Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) Manager Tyree Minner

Bottom: Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte (left) congratulates Chrysler Group's Vice President and Head of Assembly Operations Fred Goedtel and UAW Executive Administrative Assistant Tim Bressler as they celebrated the start of construction of a new, state-of-the-art paint shop at a groundbreaking ceremony at Chrysler Group's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant today.