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Under the Pentastar: Aug. 22, 2014

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An Article of Faith

by Eric Mayne

The faithful were out in force today at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, also known as SHAP.

In 2009, the suburban Detroit site was scheduled to close its doors, a tired remnant of a bankrupt regime. But with the birth of Chrysler Group, the plant was rejuvenated.

Today it is home to the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 – and 2,800 employees who took the extraordinary step of declaring, during a spirited production-launch celebration, their allegiance to the Company and to each other.

The “I Believe” pledge is the culmination of some soul-searching by forklift driver...
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Exhibit celebrates artists at work

by Catherine Gasior

Employees in the automotive field are known for strong math, science and technical skills. However, Chrysler Group wants its employees to tap into their inner artist.

About 600 entries were submitted by UAW-represented and non-bargaining-unit Chrysler employees for the 2013-2014 Artists @ Work Exhibition, the country’s only juried art show sponsored by a major corporation and labor union. The exhibit was established by the UAW and Chrysler Group and is coordinated by the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC) to provide a unique creative outlet for employees and to reinforce...
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Paint Shop Groundbreaking Ceremony At Sterling Heights Assembly Plant

by Ashley Fournier

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...

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Chrysler Group Breaking Ground, Adding Jobs in Metro Detroit

by Mike Driehorst

Chrysler Group is continuing its manufacturing growth with a new $114 million investment at one of its Trenton, Mich., engine plants and fulfilling a commitment for a new paint shop at its Sterling Heights, Mich., Assembly Plant.


Let's start in Downriver Detroit. Trenton, Mich., officials approved our tax abatement request earlier this week to pave the way for a $114 million investment to repurpose about 400,000 square feet of the Trenton North Engine Plant. That's about one-fifth of the plant's area. The plant closed operations last month with most effected employees being reassigned and transferred to other facilities.

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Chrysler Group Pays Back Gov't Loans; Marchionne Calls Day 'Major Milestone'

by Mike Driehorst



It's a day 23 months in the making, six years ahead of schedule, and a day during which Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke both praise and caution.


And, the highlight transpired at 10:13 a.m. when Marchionne received confirmation from Citigroup that company's wire and bank transfer of payments to the U.S., Canada and Ontario governments were received and Chrysler Group's $6.7 billion loan was paid in full, with interest.


Marchionne spoke to Chrysler Group employees at the company's headquarters at noon (above), and then headed to the Sterling Heights...

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