• Nov 17, 2008
One door closes, another one opens. Just as Chrysler is working to extricate itself from its deal with Getrag, the Pentastar people are about to announce a deal with ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Chrysler is erecting a plant in Marysville, Michigan that will build axles and employ 900 workers, but word is that the deal will involve ZF signing a long-term commitment to operate the plant.
As far back as September, the UAW said that Chrysler and ZF were getting together. The Detroit News reported on the talks at the time, but they were described as a "non-binding discussion" and "a possibility." The Marysville factory, planned to open in 2010, would replace the Detroit Axle plant that currently employs 1,430 workers. Letting ZF run the Marysville location would allow Chrysler to put more focus on getting its survival in order. The announcement will be made at 9 AM EST tomorrow.

[Source: Automotive News, sub req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, maybe Chrysler will reneg on the deal like they did with Getrag.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who would sign a long-term agreement with a company that may not be around, long-term?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe they're getting contingencies to back them up if Chryslerberus isn't long-term ... like a long-term lease on the facility or the ability to sell production to other companies as well ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "ZF Friedrichshafen AG." sounds strange, the ZF means Zahnrad Friedrichhafen, so the Friedlichhafen is redundant here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ok, you are right.