Thursday, April 3, 2008

Second shift will end at Chrysler's Sterling Heights plant

Eric Morath / The Detroit News

This afternoon is the last time workers will report to the second shift at Chrysler LLC's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant.

The shift will be eliminated after this evening as part of a plan announced in November to bring Chrysler's production in line with demand for its cars and trucks.

The loss of the shift impacts 1,146 workers, according to documents the automaker filed with the state. The exact number of employees who will be laid off is unclear because some workers accepted earlier retirement or buyout offers and are leaving the company.

Chrysler spokesman Ed Saenz confirmed the shift is ending today but he did not disclose the number of workers who will be laid off.

As part of the plan, shifts have already been eliminated at Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit and its Belvidere (Ill.) Assembly Plant. Shifts in Toledo and Brampton, Ontario, are also scheduled for termination.

Workers at the Sterling Heights plant build the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring midsize cars.

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