To keep up with demand for its hot-selling cars and crossovers, Chrysler cancels summer shutdown at three other factories.
After the company declared that Detroit’s Jefferson North plant will not close its gates during the traditional summer shutdown, on Monday, April 30th, it added three more factories: the Toledo Supplier Park in Ohio, the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois and Chrysler’s plant in Toluca, Mexico, to keep up with demand for its hot-selling cars and crossovers.
“In order to meet demand on some of the company’s most popular products, several Chrysler Group LLC facilities will not observe a two-week summer shutdown,” said Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.
The spokeswoman also added that Chrysler’s factories in Sterling Heights and Saltillo, Mexico, will only close for one week this year. This seems a logical move since Chrysler was the only one from Detroit Three which posted a sales increase in April, up 20.4% year-over-year.
The plants Chrysler is keeping open this summer make some of its best-selling vehicles. At Jefferson North the company manufactures the Jeep Grand Cherokee (up 20.7% in April compared to last year) and Dodge Durango. The Toledo factory produces the Jeep Wrangler. Sales of that vehicle were up 34.6% and the Toluca plant produces the Fiat 500, up 36.4%.