Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler will invest US$165 million to add a new body shop to its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan. In December 2010, the company announced it would invest $850 million to put a new paint shop into the plant.

“Today marks another milestone in the rags-to-riches story of the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant,” said Scott Garberding, senior vice-president and head of manufacturing for Chrysler. “A plant that was slated to close nearly two years ago will now be a state-of-the-art facility that will play an integral role in the success of this company by building the next generation of all-new vehicles.”

The investment includes construction of the new million-square-foot body shop and the installation of advanced equipment and conveyors.

The Sterling Heights plant was originally built in 1953 as a jet engine plant, operated by the U.S. Army with Chrysler serving as a contractor building Redstone and Jupiter missiles. It was converted to an automobile plant by Volkswagen in 1980 and sold to Chrysler in 1983. It currently builds the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Avenger.

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