That didn’t last long. Just a week ago Chrysler, newly emerged from bankruptcy protection, announced that it would be restarting production at 11 of its manufacturing plants. With new ownership from from Fiat and the U.S. and Canadian governments the American automaker was eager to start a new chapter in its long history. There’s just one small problem… we’re still in the middle of a worldwide recession and no one wants to buy cars. Or pickup trucks.
As a result, Chrysler is idling its Fenton, MO plant (where the Dodge Ram pickup truck is assembled) on July 10th. Oddly, the plant will still reopen on June 29th, only to close two weeks later.
According to the Automotive News report the Fenton plant might not reopen at all as it had previously been scheduled to shut down in the third quarter of 2009 – and with the current supply of Dodge Rams sitting on dealer lots enough to last 115 days its unlikely the facility will ever come back on line.
[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]