Four Chrysler plants won’t shut down for the summer to cope with demand

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2012

Four of the facilities of the Chrysler Group will continue to produce trucks and vehicle through July, foregoing the traditional two-week shutdown for the summer. The move will help the automaker meet dwindling inventories and high demand. Specifically, these four facilities are the Toluca unit in Mexico, the Detroit-based Jefferson North Assembly Plant, the Toledo Supplier Park in Ohio, and the Belvidere factory in Illinois. 

The company manufactures the Dodge Durango and the Jeep Grand Cherokee at the Jefferson facility. It creates the new Dodge Dart, Patriot and Jeep Compass in the Belvidere unit. The one in Toluca rolls out the Dodge Journey, Fiat Freemonth and Fiat 500.

At the Toledo facility, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and the Jeep Wrangler are produced. The automaker is struggling to stock up on its quickly disappearing inventories, with several of its automobiles dropping to not more than a 40-day supply as of May 1.

There is a 17-day supply of the Dodge Avenger, a 36-day supply of the Dodge Charger and a 32-day supply of the Chrysler 200. The car manufacturers generally attempt to maintain their automobiles at a 60-day supply. 

Don Lee, who is president of Westbrook-based Lee Auto Malls in Maine, has seen several vehicle models selling quicker than he can replenish. He stated that keeping the four facilities in operation will aid Chrysler dealers maintain the sales.

He related that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is what they would love to have more. He added that sales for his dealership are up by around 20% in 2012. Moreover, Lee disclosed that the Jeep Wrangler is also another model with an inventory which may be hard to maintain in the next weeks.

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