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One week after Chrysler announced that it was re-opening seven of its plants, one truck plant is being put back on the shelf. Automotive News reports that the Fenton, MO Dodge Ram 1500 plant will close on July 10, yet the facility will still reopen on June 29.

After the July 10 re-shutdown, the plant will remain closed "contingent upon volumes." In other words, Chrysler already has 68,000 Rams sitting on dealer lots -- a 115 day supply. The Missouri plant is already scheduled for ultimate closure sometime in the third quarter, and since July 10 officially qualifies as being in the third quarter, we've got the feeling the Fenton plant isn't coming back. The 1,200 UAW workers in Fenton will receive buyout package offers and, in some cases, the opportunity to transfer to other plants.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      a sad day for st. louisans... before recession and all the auto crisis' St. Louis was on its way to becoming the #2 auto city in the nation behind Detroit- some had even predicted we would overtake Detroit, but a this point we're just lucky to be holding on to anything...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two neighbors down the street from me have bought them. The first got a silver one with a toneau cover about 3 months ago and the other one got a dark red one just last week. They are both sweet looking!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah.. They are awesome trucks. By far the best looking truck on the market IMO.

        Sorry to hear this though for the workers in MO, hopefully most can get a transfer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chryler is reopening their truck manufacturing plant--in Mexico.

      The last truck rolled off the line in the Fenton Missiouri on July 2 and worker began packing everything up to send to the plant in Mexico.

      Chrysler took millions of dollars from the stimulus package and ran--to Mexico. Our hard earned tax money just went south.

      If they want to make them in Mexico--they can sell them in Mexico. This is one taxpayer that will never purchase another of there products.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds like a poorly thought out decision to me. Dodge is essentially sold out of Quad Cab Rams, all that are available are crew cabs and standard cabs. The Quad Cab is the most desirable configuration, Chrysler needs to keep the plant open for a few weeks and build nothing but quad cabs to boost dealer inventories.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Warren builds the Quad Cab and Crew Cab Models, the St. Louis plant builds Crew Cabs with the Ram Box, some Quad Cabs, and the Regular Cab.

        When Chrysler shuts down for changeover (July 10th-July 27th) the equipment needed to build Regular Cabs and the Ram Box Crew Cabs will be transferred to Warren.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would they incur the expense of starting a factory back up for 10 business days if they don't shut down July 3rd for 4th of July holiday? Even if the place ran 24/7 straight through that's still only 12 days of production. Seems like a bit of a waste if you have other facilities that are capable of producing the same models and are online or are going online and staying online.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Probably as with the other plants that were shut down, there are vehicles on the line that need to be completed, they can clear out the parts and vehicles and get them out of there. I know people who placed orders for cars before the shut down and some of those were in the middle of being built. Not sure I'd want one that was half built and then continued by people who know they're losing their jobs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's sad what's happened here in St. Louis. We lost the Ford plant. The GM plant doesn't do anything. Now we're losing the Chrysler plant. We were the home of the Corvette for almost 30 years!
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