Changing consumer preference from cars to SUVs and trucks is largely to blame for a shift being cut at the Sterling Heights Assembly plant. About 1, production workers face indefinite layoffs at the facility and a supporting stamping plant that build the Chrysler mid-size sedan. The indefinite layoffs will begin July 5. About 1, employees will remain working on one shift at the assembly plant. In a crowded market segment with declining demand, the lackluster Chrysler never caught on and will be discontinued.
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Another workers will be laid off at the nearby Sterling Stamping plant. FCA has added about 11, hourly workers in the U. Marchionne also has said FCA is looking for a partner to potentially build small cars for the automaker at some point in the future. Marchionne is in the middle of refocusing the company's strategic plan and is shifting its North American production footprint to focus on SUVs and pickups in the U. The Sterling Heights plant is widely expected to gain production of the next-generation Ram pickup that is currently made at Warren Truck Assembly. But the transition, if it happens, isn't likely to occur for about 18 months or more.
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The workers losing their jobs at the Sterling Heights, Mich. Low gas prices have fueled a shift by American car buyers away from sedans to crossovers, SUVs and pickups. The U.
Autoworkers were given no advance notice by the United Auto Workers UAW union or its counterpart in Canada, Unifor, about the pending layoffs and production stoppages. Over 3, workers at FCA transmission plants in Kokomo and Tipton, Indiana who have also been on temporary layoff since October 15 will now be out of work at least an additional two weeks. The local has spent the last three months ignoring a unanimous strike mandate by transmission workers over more than unresolved grievances, the majority over health and safety.