by Christopher Freeburn | June 29, 2012 10:06 am
Increased Jeep and truck sales at Chrysler are translating into more jobs for autoworkers.
The company, now owned by Italy’s Fiat, says that sales of its Jeep vehicles are growing so fast that it will hire more workers at the Toledo, Ohio, facility that builds Jeep Wranglers. That comes on the heels of a previously announced intentions to add workers at its Jeep Grand Cherokee production plant, USA TODAY notes.
Jeep isn’t the only Chrysler brand benefiting from the sales trend. The company says it is considering adding a third shift at its Warren, Michigan, facility that manufactures Ram 1500 pickups.
The good new at Chrysler is a stark turnaround from just three years ago when the company’s plummeting sales and rising losses threatened to bankrupt it.
Company officials said the Jeep Wrangler hit a monthly record of 14,454 vehicle sales in May and expects June to be the “best month ever” for the model. Sales of Jeep Wranglers rose 34% during the first five months of 2012, compared to last year.
Chrysler isn’t alone among automakers planning to boost U.S. manufacturing employment. Nissan (PINK:NSANY), hit by a rising yen, is moving more vehicle production from Japan to the U.S., increasing its need for U.S. workers. German luxury car markers Daimler‘s (PINK:DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz and BMW have also added jobs at their U.S. manufacturing plants.
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