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Scheduled for June 29th 2009 - not Calibers though.

Seven plants will reopen.

Sterling Heights, Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger
Warren MI, Dodge Ram and Dodge Dakota
Toledo OH, Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited ( adds Alfa SUV-C )
St Louis MO, Dodge Ram
Brampton ON, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger ( MY 2012 Alfa 169 from Nov 2011 )
Toluca MX, Dodge Journey and Chrysler PT Cruiser ( Jeep Panda from July 2011 )
Windsor ON, Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan

The first one already opened Monday June 15th:
The first factory to reopen after the company shut down for a period of almost two months, is the Conner Avenue assembly plant in Detroit that builds the Dodge Viper sports car.


Six plants are to close permanently. The five other plants are in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
June 24 (Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC said it would close its Missouri St. Louis North Assembly Plant truck plant idled effective July 10, weeks ahead of schedule.
The automaker had earlier planned to shut it down late in the third quarter.
Chrysler's inventory of Dodge Ram trucks totaled 115 days of supply as of June 1, industry average was 67 days.


Looks to me like reopening St Louis is to use up parts then consolidate all RAM at Warren.
 
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US Auto producers

After the restructuring of the domestic auto industry, the combined capacity of General Motors, Chrysler Group LLC and Ford in North America will fall by more than 4 million units or a 35 percent reduction compared to 2008, for a total of 7.5 million units in 2012.

Other foreign automakers combined are expected to increase their North American production by around 1.5 million a year or 20 percent, to more than 8 million units.

Volkswagen and BMW will nearly double their combined production, increasing their output capability to around 1 million units a year while Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai are projected to expand their combined production by 20 percent, or nearly 1 million units.
 

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Chrysler Press Release after Fiat alliance included this plant information:

The plants currently scheduled for closing are as follows:

Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant: Sebring/Avenger : A severe decline in the market has resulted in reduction of volumes, and thus made operation of this plant not possible. The plant is expected to continue operation through December 2010.

Kenosha (Wis.) Engine: Phoenix V6 family : Unprecedented reduction in volume and demand for products has resulted in the decision to idle the plant in December 2010.

Detroit Axle: All required work will be moved to a new facility that is being developed in nearby Marysville, Mich., to be sold to ZF? The Detroit Axle plant will be idled in December 2010.

Twinsburg (Ohio) Stamping: (parts for minivans, Pacifica, Aspen/Durango, Ram, and Dakota, and every Jeep ) : Due to deteriorating volumes, and in order to optimize capacity, existing volume will be transferred to Warren Stamping and Sterling Stamping plants effective March 2010.

Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (Detroit): Dodge Viper : The facility and vehicle platform has been for sale since 2008. The site is scheduled to idle December 2009.

St. Louis Assembly Plant North (Fenton, Mo.): RAM : Due to volume reduction in the truck segment, capacity will be optimized by moving RamBox™ production to Warren Truck Assembly Plant effective third quarter of 2009. CLOSING JULY 10th

Newark (Del.) Assembly Plant : Durango / Aspen (closed December 2008)

St. Louis Assembly Plant South (Fenton, Mo.) Caravan, Voyager, Town & Country (closed October 2008)

In reverse
Jefferson North Grand Cherokee / Commander : Assembly Plant is scheduled to add a second shift, which represents 1,200 jobs coinciding with the introduction of the all-new Jeep® Grand Cherokee. Alfa Romeo GTX from July 2011.
 

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Where did Chrysler's money go?

All the above plants had trumpeted massive investment programs (with subsidies)

For example in WI

The Kenosha plant was built in 1917. Chrysler Group has had a presence since 1987, when Chrysler Corporation acquired American Motors Corporation. The company's current 2.7-liter V-6 has been produced there since 1997. The company's 3.5-liter V-6 was launched in 1999, part of a $624 million modernization of the plant.
The 1999-2001 state budget provided Chrysler with $7 million in tax credits to aid the plant expansion that went online in 2002.

2007 - Chrysler Group has announced plans to invest $450 million in its Wisconsin Engine Plant for a comprehensive retooling in preparation for the launch of a new family of V-6 engines. The investment and retooling are part of an extensive powertrain introduction that will commit a total of $3 billion to develop and launch the new engines - known as Phoenix engines - in addition to a dual-clutch transmission joint venture with German parts maker Getrag and new common axle family. All are part of Chrysler Group's commitment to advanced powertrain technologies and the first step to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Over the long term, the Phoenix family of V-6 engines will reduce manufacturing complexity by paring the Company’s four current V-6 engine architectures to one. Kenosha becomes the third Phoenix engine plant announced by Chrysler Group since April 2007, joining previously announced plants in Trenton, Michigan and Saltillo, Mexico.

The state and local governments in 2007 offered Chrysler $16.8 million in incentives to develop the new engine line at the Kenosha plant.
 

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Chrysler GROUP production shutsdown

Chrysler temporarily shuts down all factories again July 10 2009 for the traditional summer shutdown. Might this be an extended break again?
 

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Assembly plants not mentioned in the previous announcements include:

Belvidere (IL) : Dodge SRT4, Caliber; Jeep Compass, Patriot. (Alfa Romeo MiTo from July 2011)

Toledo (Ohio) North: Jeep Liberty (Dodge Nitro ceased?).

Saltillo (Mexico): Dodge Ram Quad Cab®/regular cab, Dodge Ram SRT10.

Ladson, S.C.: Dodge Sprinter vans - plant just north of Charleston previously fire engine maker American La France
(a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC sold to Patriarch Partners in 2005)

DaimlerChrysler Kicks Off Production with Gov. Sanford at Ladson Facility The Ladson facility is a byproduct of a decades-old tax on commercial vehicle imports. A company is taxed 25 percent to ship a completed cargo van into the United States, as opposed to 2.5 percent for a passenger vehicle. With the tax, Chrysler likely would import finished vans from Germany, where the factory rolls out 640 Sprinters a day. But under current tariffs, 40-person teams disassemble completed vans in Germany and ship them as "kits" through the Port of Charleston to be rebuilt in Ladson and dispatched to some 400 dealers around the country.

Expect the Sprinter to be replaced with a Fiat Ducato
 

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More complete Chrysler statement:-

The plants will open to finish production of 2009 models and close for the previously announced summer shutdown the weeks of July 13 and July 20. After retooling for the 2010 models, the factories will reopen -- possibly on a staggered schedule.

Three assembly plants will reopen later: Toledo North (Jeep Liberty, Dodge Nitro); Belvidere, Ill. (Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass Jeep Patriot); and Saltillo, Mexico (Dodge Ram 1500 and Ram heavy duty models). “We’ll announce the remaining plants at a later date,” said Dianna Gutierrez, a Chrysler spokeswoman.

Chrysler’s powertrain, stamping, casting and transmission plants will reopen June 29 to support the seven plants.
 

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There is no buyer for the Viper business so Chrysler have announced they are to continue with the model of which 25,000 have been made.

VW Routan sales have picked up and it is to go back into production. Of 29,000 made 11,677 have been sold.

Sales
Sep 2008 Oct 2008 Nov 2008 Dec 2008 Total 2008
375[9] 789[10] 1,324[11] 899[12] 3,387
Jan 2009 Feb 2009 Mar 2009 Apr 2009 May 2009 Jun 2009 Total 2009
663[1] 503[2] 1,029[3] 2,606[4] 1,390[5] 2,099[6] 8,290

US VW ROUTAN (Town & Country)


EU VW TOURAN (Golf +)​
 

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Three assembly plants will reopen later: Toledo North Belvidere, Ill and Saltillo, Mexico. “We’ll announce the remaining plants at a later date,” said Dianna Gutierrez, a Chrysler spokeswoman.
Chrysler recalled employees to Belvidere for 3 days prior to the Summer Shutdown.

The company had planned to lay off 992 of Belvidere’s 2,600 employees at the end of the summer break, but spokesman Max Gates says that decision is being reassessed.

Chrysler will resume production at nine of its eleven remaining assembly plants Monday July 27th, ending the regular two-week summer break. Only Sterling Heights and Conner Avenue will remain idle.

July and August production will be short runs of 2009 models before moving on to the 2010 model year.

Viper unsold inventory is 100 cars. In some months Dodge sell more than 120 others only 20 so they are managing production to demand until the end of 2009.
 

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Chrysler recalled employees to Belvidere for 3 days prior to the Summer Shutdown.

The company had planned to lay off 992 of Belvidere’s 2,600 employees at the end of the summer break, but spokesman Max Gates says that decision is being reassessed.
It was a peculiar press release. They announced the reopening of Belvidere only to close it for the summer shutdown.

Well - NO PRODUCTION took place of Calibers, Patriot, or Compass.
Instead workers attended training meetings. By coming back for three days, it means they had to use vacation if they wanted to get paid when the plant idled for the two week summer shutdown.

Chrysler confirmed that 1,700 Belvidere Chrysler employees returned to work Wednesday through Friday, but spent that time training in some new Fiat procedures, instead of on the assembly line.

Workers on temporary layoff receive subpay- a calculation of unemployment and pay from the plant. Chrysler cut out 35 million dollars in subpay obligations.


Production restarted at the Belvidere factory July 27th operating on one shift.
970 of the 992 workers losing their jobs are out of work immediately. The other 22 will stay for another month or two to help with the transition from a two shift operation.
 

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Chrysler will resume production at nine of its eleven remaining assembly plants Monday July 27th, ending the regular two-week summer break. Only Sterling Heights and Conner Avenue will remain idle.
Sterling Heights restarted August 3rd.

Belvidere will work Saturdays in August.
 

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Belvidere Mayor Fred Brereton attended the Chrysler Product Plan unveil.
Improvements to our three existing models shows a level of importance, but will only last a couple of years because all three will be discontinued by 2012.

"There are no guarantees on anything and a 5 year plan does not guarantee what you will be doing in 12 months"

The replacement Fiat product is under development.

Belvidere will now build based on demand and have no more than a 60 day supply.

"We can only hope for the best for our local economy."
 

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Belvidere Closes 2009

Belvidere Closes 2009 : Workers at Belvidere’s Chrysler assembly plant punch out for the year on Friday 18th December in what has become one of the least-productive years for the plant that opened in 1965.
The last time the plant produced fewer than 100,000 cars mid-model cycle was 1969.
It won’t be until 2011 that Belvidere production reaches prerecession levels.

About 2,600 people are working at the assembly plant in two shifts. Workers there assemble the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot, all of which are scheduled to be phased out in 2012.
The company added nearly 1,000 workers for the temporary second shift in November.
Chrysler has not said how long the second shift will remain.

Erich Merkle of autoconomy “Even with the planned improvements for those models, there isn’t going to be enough demand to keep two shifts busy”. In the last years of the Dodge Neon workers turned out about 140,000 Neons a year with one shift.

The plant is likely to be busier in 2011. Chrysler plans on closing its Sterling Heights, Mich., plant and it’s likely the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger would be added to Belvidere’s production line.
The $419 million renovation of the plant in 2005 and 2006 gives workers there the ability to produce up to five vehicles at the same time. The sales levels of all five cars, especially in a healthier economy, would be enough for two shifts.
 

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Corporate list of what is being made where in 2010

Two page (pdf)

Who knew ? Calibers are built in Venezuela.


Belvidere 2010 - Through the first three months of this year, workers have completed 38,708 vehicles, a pace that would push production back up to more than 150,000 for the full year.

In 2009 the plant turned out 84,609 vehicles, the lowest total since 1993. The plant was closed for most of the summer and spent much of the rest of the year with just one shift in operation.
 

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At nearly 4 million square feet, Chrysler Group LLC’s Belvidere assembly plant is a mammoth operation, where three shifts pumped out 333,077 vehicles in 2007, nearly breaking a 21-year production record. The automaker will add more than 500,000 square feet to the plant for a body shop, a Chrysler spokesman told the Belvidere City Council.
Nobody from either Chrysler or its Italian parent has said is what all that extra space will accommodate.

Tracy Handler of IHS Global Insight thinks the Belvidere plant, which now has 2,300 workers on two shifts, will build at least four vehicles after the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot line is eliminated in 2012.

Handler said Belvidere is likely to build a compact sedan or hatchback to replace the Caliber; a compact Chrysler sedan — something Chrysler hasn’t sold since the Neon was eliminated in 2005; a compact sedan with Fiat’s Lancia nameplate for international markets; and a crossover utility vehicle for Jeep to replace the Compass and Patriot.

The Sebring and Dodge Avenger are assembled at Chrysler’s Sterling Heights, Mich., plant, which had been slated to close until Chrysler bought it from the scrap heap of old Chrysler for $20 million.

“The Sebring replacement is going to end up at the Toledo (Ohio) North plant or Belvidere,” Handler said.

“I originally thought Toledo had a leg up, but I’m not sure now with the Belvidere announcement.”
Erich Merkle of Autoconomy.com thinks the Sebring replacement is headed to Belvidere.

“You’re going to have to have more models come into that plant to justify that kind of investment,” Merkle said. “My assumption is that they would get a new midsized sedan at the plant as well as the compacts.”
 

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Caliber production has been extended to mid 2012, surely they will have to call that a MY12 - which was not in the plan.

Belvedere extension could be site for the Hornet as Sterling Heights continues for the 200/Avenger.
 
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