Chrysler temporarily shuts down 4 assembly plants

Chrysler Toledo North Assembly Plant & Toledo Supplier Park

TOLEDO, PERRYSBURG--Chrysler Toledo North Assembly Plant & Toledo Supplier Park will NOT be running production beginning with 2nd Shift on Monday afternoon, February 4, 2008 until further notice.

The following employees should report at their normally scheduled starting time beginning on Monday, February 4, 2008 unless notified otherwise by operating management:

Skilled Trades
Sanitation
Dept. 9510 - Tech I's & Teams 9, 10, 11 & 12
Dept. 9550 - Tech I's, Mechanics & Reprocess / Ship Line - Groups 357, 358, 359 &

Suppliers Kuka and Magna Styr have also cancelled their operations at Toledo Supplier Park until further notice.

This situation is due to the bankruptcy filing of one of Chrysler's plastic parts suppliers. The automaker still is determining what additional impact Dearborn-based Plastech Engineering Products' bankruptcy will have on its manufacturing operations. Plastech employs 8,000 people in 30 plants across the U.S.

A company spokeswoman says the affected plants are in Sterling Heights; Newark, N.J.; Toledo, Ohio; and Belvidere, Illinois. The shutdown will affect all Wrangler, Liberty and Nitro production.

This is a breaking news story. News 11 and wtol.com will bring you new details as they become available.

Additional companies affected by the Plastech bankruptcy/Chrysler closures

  • Johnson Controls in Northwood reports that employees should report to work on Tuesday. However, they are asked to first call the employee aatendance call-in line at (419) 662-4928.
  • Dana Corp. has informed News 11 that this developing situation with Chrysler has required Dana Modules Toledo Plant on Matzinger Rd. to cancel its second shift as well. The plant employs 150 people. All employees are required to call the Dana employee hotline after 6 p.m. You'll recall that Dana had announced last week that it has come out of a Chapter 11 reorganization.
  • A Chrysler-owned parts supply plant has also cancelled work. Toledo Machining in Perrysburg Township has told its second shift not to report. The shutdown will last the entire week of Feb. 4. First and third shifts are not affected by this shutdown.

A statement from Toledo Mayor Carleton Finkbeiner:

It was with shock that I learned of the unscheduled shutdown of the Toledo Jeep Facility as well as others in the Midwest who were supplied by Plastech who has filed for bankruptcy.

I understand that Chrysler is moving quickly to find a new supplier of plastic components for Jeep and other models.  The resources of the Toledo Department of Development are at their disposal should they need them.

On the Web: http://www.plastecheng.com/

Updated by LS

Associated Press contributed to this report.