Chrysler Group, LLC on Friday said the company plans to add 1, 250 jobs at a Detroit plant where it will begin producing a diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.
That will bring employment at JNAP to about 4,000, allowing the plant to run three shifts. Chrysler added a second shift of about 1,100 workers back in July 2010.
Moreover, the U.S. based automaker said it will reopen the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant.
The next generation Dodge Viper will make its return this year as a 2013 model. Conner employees began reporting for training and orientation this past fall, Chrysler said.
The well-paid jobs will be welcome in a city with an unemployment rate of 17.1 percent.
“We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history,” said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne in a news release.
Each of the 1,250 new jobs will be filled by new hires. The third crew at the Jefferson plant will start early next year. The Conner Avenue factory reopens later this year.
Chrysler on Wednesday reported US sales jumped 26 percent in 2011 to 1.4 million vehicles and swung into a profit of $211 million in the 2011 third quarter.