Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler has confirmed that will add a diesel version to the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup. The company will add a third crew and 1,100 new jobs to its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.
The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s plan to reopen its Conner Avenue plant in Detroit to build the SRT Viper.
“Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the city of Detroit,” said Chrysler Group chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. “We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history.”
The new third crew will be part of an operating pattern, called the 3-2-120 schedule, which allows each employee an additional 49 days off per year while enabling the plant an additional 49 days of annual production.