WARREN, MI (WXYZ) - After feeling as if they were at the "epicenter of the economic downturn," Warren Mayor Jim Fouts says Chrysler's announcement of 1,000 new jobs at the company's Truck Assembly Plant now feels as if Warren is at the "center of a resurgence".
"It's great. You get job security," said Chrysler worker Steve Gulan to 7 Action News.
The new jobs will be a third shift beginning in March 2013 to produce the Ram 1500.
Nearly two years ago, the Nuculaj family opened up Motor City Sports Bar & Grill on Mound across from Warren Truck. It was a gamble Maria Nuculaj says that has paid off.
"Chrysler has been really good to us. So, we're happy. We're happy here," said Nuculaj who added that they too expect to be adding to their own staff.
Chrysler's announcement on Thursday also included the creation of 250 new jobs and a $198 million investment at the Mack I Engine Plant in Detroit. And $40 million more to invest in Trenton North to boost production of fuel-efficient engines.
UAW Vice President General Holiefield said, "These new investments and new jobs are a testament to the determination we all had – management, labor and our workforce – to making the best of the second chance we were given in 2009".