Chrysler to add 1,100 jobs at Jefferson North

(WXYZ) - Chrysler has announced that they will add 1,100 jobs to the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit.

The workers will be used to add a third crew to the facility. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are produced at Jefferson North. The facility currently employs just under 3,000 people.

The automaker isn't currently accepting applications for the new positions, since the jobs won't be added until early 2013.

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Chrysler will also expand production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee line be adding a diesel version that will be built in Detroit beginning next year.

The automaker is also reaffirming plans to add 150 jobs by reopening the Connor Avenue Assembly Plant. The facility will be used to build the new SRT Viper sports car.

"Our future, like the history of our brands, is interwoven with the City of Detroit," said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne. "Detroit long has been home to renowned innovators and craftsmen. So it is in the Motor City, home of our industrial heritage and a resilient people, that we are entrusting the manufacture not only of the ultimate American sports car, the SRT Viper, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – but also a diesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee for North American markets.

"We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history," Marchionne said.

"We are pleased to have Chrysler Group acknowledge the contributions of the UAW here in the Motor City by relying on our workforce to produce two of its most acclaimed vehicles," said General Holiefield, UAW Vice President-Chrysler Department. "Our workers nationwide have had a rough couple of years along with the American auto industry and we are proud to be partners in building a future of success starting right here in Detroit."

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