Chrysler Plans to Add Third Shift at Warren Truck Plant image

Chrysler plans to add third shift at the Warren Truck Plant, to build the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup beginning September.

“We are running the trap lines for a third shift at Warren Truck, ” declared Reid Bigland, CEO of the Dodge brand and head of U.S. sales.

He also declared that adding an additional shift at a plant take up to one year of planning, before the final decision is made. The company needs to be sure that the foreseeable demand can become real and then start discussions with suppliers.

The Warren Truck Plant, which was opened in 1938, has now more than 2,300 employees, and with the addition of a third shift their number could increase with 800-1,000 new workers. Sine the company emerged from its bankruptcy in June 2009, it has been recovering really fast, reporting year-over-year US sales increases in the last 26 months, June being the 27th.

Bigland expects US sales to hit 14.2 million by the end of the year. Although in May auto sales slowed, they recovered in June due to smaller gas prices, increasing consumer demand and the economy that continues to improve slowly.