2015 Chrysler 200 production begins

Michigan assembly plant adds 800 workers

Eric Kaminsky - March 17, 2014 10:00 AM


Chrysler 200C (left) and Chrysler 200S (right).

Photo: Chrysler Group LLC

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Production of the 2015 Chrysler 200 has begun at the revamped Sterling Heights, Michigan, assembly plant.

The plant, which was slated to be closed in 2010, has undergone a dramatic transformation after nearly $1 billion in investments, which includes new paint and body shops. It now covers five million square feet.

Chrysler Group LLC Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne was joined by United Auto Workers President Bob King, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, plus other community leaders and employees, at an event on March 14 to celebrate the product launch.

In addition to noting the plant is now one of the most flexible and state-of-the-art in the company, Marchionne also announced that 800 workers have been added. Total employment is now almost 2,800, more than double since 2009, when Chrysler originally announced the plant’s closing.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 goes on sale later this Spring.