The BL News—Fiat Chrysler to 6500 jobs in Detroit


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The BL News—Fiat Chrysler to 6500 jobs in Detroit

Fiat Chrysler is announcing a $4.5 billion investment plan the carmaker says will increase its workforce in Detroit and the surrounding suburbs by about 6,500 jobs.
The move to build all-new or next-generation SUVs is being touted by officials Tuesday as an uncommon opportunity to revive the regional economy.

Under the plan, the company says it will reopen a shuttered engine plant in the city and convert another in the same complex into a future assembly plant for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a new, three-row, full-size Jeep SUV and plug-in hybrid models for all.

The Motor City once was home to about a dozen massive auto production plants, but a rash of closures helped to push Detroit's unemployment rate to a peak of almost 29 percent a decade ago. The new Chrysler plant would be the first to be built in Detroit since 1991 and is expected to add nearly 4000 jobs.

The company says it will add another 1,100 new jobs at its Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, and roughly 1,500 new jobs at facilities in the neighboring suburb of Warren.

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