Detroit's Big Three could become the Big Two. According to an AP report in The Detroit News, state officials have been lobbying for Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne to select Tennessee as the location for Fiat's joint headquarters with Chrysler Group LLC.

This weekend, Marchionne met with Tennessee governor Bill Haslam at a ceremony celebrating the expansion of a Fiat subsidiary plant in the city of Pulaski. The AP report does not mention any serious talks about headquarters relocation, only that Tennessee officials have been "working me over pretty well," according to Marchionne.

Fiat hopes to complete its merger with the Auburn Hills-based automaker sometime next year, and earlier reports have stated that the company is seeking $10 billion in financing to buy the remaining bits of Chrysler. If the company were to relocate, it would join Nissan and Volkswagen in having major American automotive operations in Tennessee. Of course, that whole "Imported From Detroit" thing would need to go out the window...


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      1guyin10
      • 1 Year Ago
      The writer should have made it clear that this would only involve the location of the business headquarters for the new company that the owners of Fiat intend to create to run a fully merged Fiat and Chrysler. It really would have little effect on Auburn Hills or Milan and it certainly would not mean that Chrysler is moving any of its manufacturing plants. They could choose to locate that headquarters almost anywhere. When they merged Fiat Industrial and Case/IH recently they chose to have it headquartered out of Great Britian for tax reasons. Great Britian and Belgium have also been mentioned for Fiat-Chrysler, however they have been leaning toward the US for the Fiat-Chrysler merger because of access to capitol markets. Locating in Tennessee could make sense from a tax standpoint. There are a number of national companies based out of Nashville for that very reason. It also helps that it is somewhat centrally located.
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler should leave Michigan. I went to a wedding about 6 years ago. In the city of Birmingham. The locals told me how upscale and wealthy Birmingham is. What a joke. I did not see any Lexus, and only a few MBZ and BMW. They all drove white trash domestic vehicles. We went to some of the Birmingham and Royal Oak bars. The women were all loud and overweight. Their clothes looked like they came from Sears. It seemed like most people in that area were undereducated and lesser income. And, the laws allow people in Michigan to carry a weapon. Nothing worse than uneducated loudmouths carrying a weapon. I went to the airport 5 hours before my flight because the place is such a pit. I feel sorry for anyone who lives there.
        Andrew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Dont worry James, you dont need to come back. -Michigan
        Thipps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        I lived in Birmingham for a short stint. If you did not see an exotic car.......even in the winter you were not in Birmingham. Your so ashamed of where you will not even say.....east coast could be the Carolina but i dont think you live there. NYC is the nastiest place i have ever been
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
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          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          yonomo200, I will not insult people who live in Michigan. I feel sorry for you.
          The Friendly Grizzly
          Probably New York, Boston, or Cambridge.
        Farmerboy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        James your ideal of wealth being people who drives BMWs and Mercedes is far from truly being wealth. You do know that anyone can buy the two above on time and be car poor. I have to say your statement about their style is pretty childish. Food for thought. Maybe the wealthy you said you didn't see is because the wealthy there wouldn't waste their time on a stupid kid in a BMW he brought on time and had to look for party's for free food. You were not worth my time. ;)-
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          @Farmerboy
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        @James
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      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they are smart they will leave that Democrat controlled cesspool Michigan.
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        @luigi.tony
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        samich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        The governor's office and both branches of Michigan's legislature are Republican. Get a clue you clown.
        PJE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        I think the Republican Governor and Republican controlled state house would take issue with your statement... The big three are in the Detroit Metro area, not necessarily downtown Detroit. There is a lot of support in the SE Michigan area - suppliers, consultancies, system interrogators, etc.. There's probably only one reason to move to Tennessee - $$$$. It would be another example of one state giving businesses lots of tax breaks to take jobs from another state. If Tennessee managed to get a Chinese company to relocate there I'd be more impressed.
          Michael Free
          • 1 Year Ago
          @PJE
          Funny you should mention... "The Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce is a 501c(6) non-profit organization--and our state’s first Chinese chamber of commerce--serving the TN-China business communities. The mission of TCCC is to help Tennessee companies increase their export to China, and to encourage Chinese firms to relocate to TN to create more jobs here." http://www.tccc.us Haslam's a pretty smart cookie, if he's directly involved in persuading Marchionne the chances of a move may be slim but they are definitely present. And as far as engineering talent... Oak Ridge for instance, pretty darned impressive list of accomplishments. Industry? ALCOA, you've got plenty of parts manufacturers around like Denso, Spring Hill still has GM stamping and powertrain plants, Nissan and VW's presence, and so on. We (yeah, I'm a Knoxvillian) are also an interstate "hub", have scads of electrical power re: TVA, and honestly... we're only 500 miles from Michigan, it's not like they'd be moving across the planet.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe now I'd consider finding a job at Chrysler. I will never live anywhere near detroit.
        michigan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        Detroit sucks but the suburbs are nice
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        It's easy for you to say that when Chrysler isn't exactly banging down your door with a great job offer. If they were then I doubt you would be so dismissive. Seeing as Chrysler is actually based in Auburn Hills, an outer suburb that's surrounded by many other affluent suburbs, you wouldn't really have to go anywhere near Detroit. For what it's worth, it's not even in the same county as Detroit.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
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        Jason H
        • 1 Year Ago
        @IBx27
        I'm sure Sergio is overjoyed!
      KG363
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let Detroit burn. It had her chance, and she ruined it with corruption and overpowered unions.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KG363
        What a pathetic comment - Michigan is not Detroit. Michigan has the highest concentration of highly skilled automotive engineers on the planet!! You on the other hand, sound like you flunked out of fast food college and don't have a chance to get back in!!
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      One word: Texas.
        BK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scr
        Oh, that state that practices crony capitalism by not allowing Tesla to sell their product directly to consumers to benefit entrenched interests who donates money to their re-election efforts? That's where I would go. Sure.
      Stephanie Payne
      • 1 Year Ago
      This would be great for Chrysler. Tennessee is such a step up from Michigan. Such a beautiful state and great people!
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stephanie Payne
        Tennessee is a beautiful state, and so is Michigan. As one who has spent time in both states, I'd say they are both very similar, in terms of topography. They are both hilly, and very green, and they both even have large cities that are known for their music. The greatest distinction between the two states are their is their greatest natural wonders. Tennessee has Appalachian Mountains and Michigan has the Great Lakes. Both states have cultures that are both very similar and yet very different, depending on where you are Both are beautiful places, so there is no need to bash Michigan, especially if you've never even been there.
        Terry Actill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stephanie Payne
        Balls! Michigan has the Great Lakes. Michigan has more beauty than that land locked hole of Tennessee.
          The Friendly Grizzly
          @Terry Actill
          We feel so deprived not having Detroit...
          Jerry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Terry Actill
          People outside of Michigan picture the entire place as a giant thunder dome on fire with Robocops running around everywhere... Seriously though folks, Mr. Grisby is right. The west side and northern parts of the state are beautiful and very safe. Even parts of the SE corner are pretty nice. I live north of Ann Arbor where there are some really nice state and county parks. Given that Detroit, Flint, and Pontiac are all pretty rough and run down. However, Smokey Mountain National Park in Tennessee is one of the nicest parks in the country in my opinion though. Seriously love that place!
        The Friendly Grizzly
        @Stephanie Payne
        Stephanie: I'm a transplant from California. And, I love it here. People have manners, very little graffiti or other public vandalism, taxes are far lower. And if any native Tennessee-ans are reading this and fear that I brought California with me: nope. I left all that in my rear-view mirror in 2005.
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        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        and millions in this country will shout that you are racist for these comments, because it is easier on their egos than dealing with the truth....
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          @Richard
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        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        Clueless doesn't even begin to describe your comment - so I will just make one point that just how ludicrous your whole rant is "It will take decades to get all of the liberal spending off the books at the State level, let alone balance the budget and then start to chip away at the deficit for the State of Michigan" Michigan has a budget SURPLUS, unlike your brain which apparently has an intelligence deficit!
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please don't. The Detroit area's gone through enough over the last 50 years. Michigan and the Detroit area would benefit a lot more from having Fiat-Chrysler's headquarters than Tennessee would. Everything and one seems to be moving to freakin' Tennessee, and the south in general, these days, so they would get by just fine without them. Detroit can't take too many more blows like this. Please try to make it work, and keep things in Michigan.
        mapoftazifosho
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        Michigan needs to be fixed at every flippin level of government.
        James
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris
        Chrysler made their choice decades ago when they left the city of Detroit for Auburn Hills, MI. Highly dubious of them to have ever used "Imported from Detroit" when they moved their HQ and out years ago.
          jz78817
          • 1 Year Ago
          @James
          they were in Highland Park, not Detroit.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 1 Year Ago
      All of them need to get out of Detriot. It represents the old way. I don't even know how they recruit talent there.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Boy, there are parts in downtown Detroit that scares the hell out of me whenever I drive throught it. Quite sad really when only 50 years ago this city had over 2.5 million people.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          To those of you who voted my post down, here are some sources to back up what I said about Downtown Detroit actually having a crime rate that is below the state, metro, and national average. Read and weep haters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Detroit http://www.modeldmedia.com/inthenews/drop26.aspxhttp://www.thedetroithub.com/site/user/files/2007RealityvsPerceptionsCrimeReport.pdf
          samich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          You're soft as a sponge if Downtown Detroit scares you. I go there all the time for errands and the business people eating lunch or the families going to the ball game hardly gave me a scare.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Downtown Detroit actually has a crime rate that is below that of the national average, so if you're afraid of it then I don't know how you make it out your front door in the morning.
          Army Casualty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Forget downtown, how about the crime rate of suburban detroit? It's not even worth capitalizing.
          jz78817
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          meh. I used to work at JTE (Jeep/Truck Engineering, later rechristened "PROC" by Dumbler) which was on Plymouth Road between Greenfield and Schaefer. Even spent several months taking Grand River to and from while I-96 was being rebuilt. No, the area's not much to look at, but nobody hassled me, nobody gave me any crap.
      carboy55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better weather, right to work state, strong supplier base, friendly people, low cost of living.... other than that, no reason to move from the crumbling hell of Detroit.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carboy55
        As has been said numerous times here, Chrysler is not in Detroit, and never has been. They are in Auburn Hills, an outer ring suburb in Oakland County.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aside from a manufacturer selling better cars in higher volumes, the next best way to improve the bottom line is to oust the UAW. The Unions will cut the head off the golden goose and then wonder why there are no more eggs. . . But I digress. Chrysler, move anywhere you want. Or don't. It makes no difference to me (I know you were all worried about that).
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