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Now that the court documents have officially been filed, details regarding Chrysler's ongoing plans to stay in business are becoming a bit less muddy. Two corporations will be created from the dying automaker: a so-called "OldCo" with unwanted bits and liabilities that seem likely to die a slow and painful death through the automaker's Chapter 11 filing, and a "NewCo" that contains the best that the ailing automaker has to offer.

Tellingly, lumped in with the OldCo legal entity are eight plants that now seem likely to be closed down entirely. In addition to plants in south St. Louis, Missouri and Newark, Deleware that are already idle, the following 6 North American plants are in danger:
  • Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant
  • Detroit (Mich.) Axle
  • Conner Avenue (Detroit) Assembly
  • St. Louis (Mo.) North Plant
  • Kenosha (Wisc.) Engine
  • Twinsburg (Ohio) Stamping Plant
These plants are all scheduled to be shut down by December of 2010. Considering that the assembly plant in Sterling Heights is the only location building the Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger, these two unloved mid-size sedans appear to be on the chopping block. Further, the Connor Avenue Assembly plant is where Dodge builds the Viper, so unless a new knight in shining armor shows up to take the supercar operations off Chrysler's hands, that may be all she wrote for the V10-powered behemoth.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd | Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      and in other news, 6 new Chrysler plants were opened in Mexico today... more at 11. Back to you, Bob.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ouch, Detroit was already hit hard by all of this, the latest makes it even worse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It doesn't surprise me that the Sebring/Avenger is a goner. Just confirms what I said earlier this week. Every car will be replaced by Fiat and Alfa models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      btw FIAT cars are junk, I'm from europe and I know italian cars very well they sucks
      people in US don't know this cars and they expect miracles but believe me fiat cars are far more worse than Chrysler was.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fix it again Tony!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My goodness. If Fiat cars are worse than Chrysler's, they've certainly slipped a notch or several in the past few days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aidez-moi patron LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      South St. Louis, is that the minivan plant, or the Ram Truck plant?
        • 5 Years Ago
        St Louis North builds the Dodge Ram which is also built at Dodge Truck City in Warren MI. No need to duplicate the line any further.

        St Louis South built the Caravan and T&C which has already been transferred to Windsor, Ontario.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Jamie but you are wrong again. Windsor was the original Minivan plant. It has been building them since the begining. St. Louis North was added as overflow in the late 80's due to demand. In the 90's the overflow Minivan capacity was transferred to the South St Louis plant and the North Plant became an overflow plant for Truck production. Since they no longer need the extra capacity they are closing both St Louis Plants but there is nothing to "transfer" since they were just overflow facilities for the products they built. Windsor is a much more modern Flex plant and with the death of the Pacifica and a decline in Minivan sales in general it has more than enough capacity on it's own. The St Louis plants by comparision were out of date and were going to need a lot of upgrades to make them into more competitive Flex plants.
      • 5 Years Ago
      only a fool would buy a Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep vehicle while the bankruptcy is going on

      Obama says the feds will guarantee warranties but he obviously does not know what he is talking about - it would take hundreds of trained people in many locations and backed up by a huge parts supply to accomplish this. The feds can't manage that.

      so save your self some pain and buy another brand
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 4800 employees at the 8 plants targeted for closure will be offered jobs at the new company headed by FIAT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is the "# best/worst Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep" post?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very sad.
      So the Viper and Sebring/Avenger plants will close.
      What is assembled in the other plants?

      Since Chrysler has cut so many workers (thousands) what is going to happen to the workers that currently work there? (not the assembly but the white collars.)

        • 5 Years Ago
        They'll lose their jobs, too. Happens all the time inside of Chrysler. Trust me. I've been on the wrong side of that relationship with Chrysler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      THE REASON WHY CHRYS IS GOING DOWN IS THE UNION !!! (not the only reason unfortunately)
      every company will eventually crash if the union is involved


        • 5 Years Ago
        You're talking about the US unions, which built up too much power. People are complaining that the union taking a majority share in Chrysler, but they've always controlled them. Instead of hammering on the government to provide social reforms for *everyone*, they picked a fight with the very people who brought them into existence. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

        The unions need to work *with* the employers, not against them, to lobby government for fair, equitable rights for all workers: not just those at one factory or another. It worked in the past, which is why most of us are slouched down at home on a Saturday. Give up 1/6 of the working week? That's huge. Now on to smaller things: healthcare, pensions... not the employer's responsibility, but those of *everyone* to their fellow countrymen (which also includes women, in case you don't have a clue about grammar); and the government steers the funding for that reform. That's why it's called "government".
      • 5 Years Ago
      This could've happened MONTHS, if not YEARS ago - if only they had been pushed into bankruptcy then. Probably could've saved more pensions and such as well.
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