Chrysler’s Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos will be produced in the customary two-week summer shutdown at the beginning of July.
Crysler’s sales in the U.S. in the first three months were up 39% compared to 2011, sales of the mid-size SUVs running ahead of last year’s pace through March by, 44% for the Grand Cherokee and by 33% for the Durango.
Jefferson North assembly plant, located in Detroit’s east side, has about 2,900 employees working on two shifts, overtime on two or even three Saturdays. That is why the plant will add a third shift of around 1,100 employees in 2013.
Initially, the Detroit Three automakers and the UAW said they will half production in the two weeks around July 4, since it enables the companies to balance their inventories with consumer demand, offering skilled trades workers to install new equipment needed for the upcoming model year.
Recently Chrysler had to cancel the Monday morning shift at the Windsor plant due to a strike by Canadian Auto Worker employees at a nearby plant that supplies instrument panels. Workers on the second shift at Chrysler’s Windsor plant were asked to come back to work.