April 30, 2012 9:33 AM
There are a number of consistent themes since Chrysler
Group LLC was formed through the alliance with FIAT Group in 2009.
Improving manufacturing and vehicle quality, and offering vehicles
that are as unique as our customers are two of them.
Another is our clear commitment to the City of Detroit.
The latest example is this morning's announcement of moving about
70 people into the former Dime Building in Detroit. Now called
Chrysler House, we'll occupy the top two floors and about 33,000
square feet of space in the 23-story building.
By late summer, our Great Lakes Business Center will be in the
Chrysler House, and several corporate functions will have use of
the space, including an office and conference area for CEO Sergio
Marchionne. The Chrysler House is owned by Rock Ventures LLC, the
umbrella entity formed to provide operational coordination,
guidance and integration of Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert’s
portfolio of companies, investments and real estate.
Want more proof about our commitment to the City of Detroit?
What about the Born of
Fire/Imported from Detroit video?
And, then there's JNAP. Since opening in 1991, the Jefferson North
Assembly Plant has rolled out Jeep Grand Cherokees, Commanders and
Dodge Durangos. Today, JNAP employs nearly 2,900 people with another
1,100 more to be added by the first quarter of 2013.
How about our Mack Avenue Engine Complex I and II? The Mack complex
turned out its first engine in 2000, and today employs about 180
people at the two locations.
Don't forget about Conner! This year, the Conner
Avenue Assembly Plant will once again hand-build SRT
Vipers. CAAP will employ about 150 people once production is up and
running. See this video for a look inside the home of the SRT
With JNAP and CAAP, Chrysler is the only automaker with two
manufacturing operations within Detroit city limits.
There's also the Jeep brand's
partnership with the Jalen Rose Academy, 15000 Trojan St.
So, while our HQ may be in Auburn Hills and we have assembly, other
manufacturing operations and offices throughout North America and
around the world, our soul will always be in Detroit.
A computer-generated image of the new signage for the new Chrysler
House in Downtown Detroit. For the first time in its history the
Chrysler Group, will have an office presence in downtown Detroit.
As part of the plan, Chrysler Group will rename the historic Dime
Building "Chrysler House" and will move its Great Lakes Business
Center and several corporate functions into the top two floors of
the 23-story building.