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Chrysler’s Detroit plant skips summer shutdown

Usual July 4th holiday cancelled because of high demand.


May 1, 2012
by The Canadian Press

DETROIT: Sales of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs are so strong that their factory will stay open through the normal two-week summer shutdown.

Automakers typically close plants around the July 4 holiday to update cars and trucks for the new model year and maintain the machinery.

But Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson says the Jefferson North factory in Detroit that makes the SUVs will stay open all summer. The plant is working overtime on two shifts and running two of every three Saturdays.

Chrysler sold nearly 38,000 Grand Cherokees from January through March, up 44% from a year ago. Durango sales were up 33% at just over 11,000.

Tinson says Chrysler can make changes for the 2013 model year while the plant is running.

©The Canadian Press