Chrysler has announced it will be adding 1,100 jobs at its Jefferson North assembly facility in Detroit due to the high demand that the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to experience. Through the first nine months of 2012, Jeep has managed to move 112,075 Grand Cherokees, up 30.1 percent over the same time last year. The 2012 Grand Cherokee is on track to surpass 2011′s tally of 127,744 units sold.
We’ve known for a while that Chrysler had decided to add a third shift at Jefferson North as the automaker announced the decision back in January. To keep up with the Grand Cherokee’s demand Chrysler has decided to go with a “3-2-120″ schedule which squeezes out an additional 49 works days throughout the year. While the United Auto Workers union isn’t much of a fan, Chrysler’s schedule rotate three separate crews who work 10-hour shifts over the course of a four day schedule. This way, manufacturing costs are reduced with the facility only running 120 hours a week. This schedule also allows Chrysler to fix an assembly machine when needed unlike other, more fast-paced schedules used by other automakers.
Jefferson North assembly facility isn’t the only place in need of more workers. The Warren assembly facility is also looking to hire anywhere between 900 and 1,000 workers to pick up the slack that the 2013 Ram 1500 is expected to create. Ram’s latest full-size pickup entered production back in September and it’s already looking to adjust its workforce with the demand. After driving the 2013 Ram 1500, we understand why Chrysler is looking for more hands on the assembly line. Currently, Chrysler and the UAW are hammering out the details for more workers to be added to the Warren facility. The Warren Stamping facility, which feeds parts for assembly of the Ram 1500 is also looking for more hands to add a third shift. Chrysler is also reportedly discussing this possibility about adding a third shift to the Warren facility but no word on what those talks have generated yet so stay tuned.
Source: The Detroit Free Press