Chrysler Unveils New $350 Million Paint Plant
Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant has been open since 1953 when it manufactured jet engines and the automaker served as a contractor. The historic plant would be purchased by Chrysler in 1983, but despite its stored past, the plant was set to be closed for good in 2010.
The Sterling Heights City Council stepped up in a big way by offering Chrysler tax breaks that would save the company millions of dollars, as well as keep thousands of Sterling Heights residents employed. Today, the plant handles the production of the Chrysler 200 and the Dodge Avenger, and its new neighbor was recently unveiled.
Chrysler has nearly completed its 425,000 square-foot paint plant located adjacent to the now booming Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. The paint plant is more than just a new place for Chrysler to put on glossy exterior coats; it is a sign of recovery, as it is the first new plant the automaker has built in over 20 years.
The new paint shop will employ 450 new workers from Sterling Heights and the surrounding areas. Do you think Chrysler and other automakers have fully bounced back from the recession?