Chrysler Spends $1.2B To Expand In Mexico

Chrysler plans $US1.2b Mexico

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group says it’s investing more than $1.2 billion in two Mexican plants to build commercial vans and engines.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the amount Thursday at the dedication of Chrysler’s new Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo.  

Chrysler spent about $1.1 billion to build the plant, which began making the Ram ProMaster van in July. The plant will employ 1,100 workers by the end of this year.

Chrysler is spending an additional $164 million to add 470 workers on a new production line at its Saltillo North Engine Plant.

The plant will start making Chrysler’s Tigershark four-cylinder engine early next year. The engine is used in the Jeep Cherokee SUV and the Dodge Dart sedan.

The expansions bring Chrysler’s employment in Saltillo to nearly 6,500 people.

2 thoughts on “Chrysler Spends $1.2B To Expand In Mexico

  1. Good. Maybe a few million wet-backs will follow Chrysler back home.

    As for Chrysler, they can keep their shitty cars. I wouldn’t want one of their rolling headaches if they gave it to me for free.

  2. True story:

    I am an unemployed mfg engineer, although at my age my title was VP, Operations, for a small TX wire harness company. We did a good bit of work for motorola, legacy stuff – power and data cables for emergency radios. We avoided being outsourced to china for a very long time. Until autumn 2012, to be specific.

    So, how did we lose moto, which led to my being downsized out?

    They moved our work to Mexico, in a move they call “nearsourcing.”

    You cannot make this shit up.

    Ten years previous, at a diferent wire house, we were seeing the start of the great exodus as customers like Flextronics moved US ops offshore.

    Now, in my area there are some eng jobs coming up – working at Flextronics new low wage plant assembling Motorola’s new phones from chinese parts. Yeah, can you say cold day in hell?

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