Jefferson North http://michiganradio.org en Chrysler factory to stay open this summer to make more Jeep Grand Cherokees http://michiganradio.org/post/chrysler-factory-stay-open-summer-make-more-jeep-grand-cherokees <p align="LEFT">Chrysler says its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit will forgo the traditional two-week shutdown this summer.</p><p align="LEFT">The unusual move will help the company keep up with strong demand for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">Sales of the new Durango are up 33% from last year, and sales of the new Grand Cherokee are up 44%.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p align="LEFT">The factory&#39;s employees are already working nine hour shifts plus two Saturdays a month, but Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson thinks they don&#39;t mind.</p><p align="LEFT">&quot;Considering where we have been over the last couple of years, I think there is a very positive feeling that these vehicles are being so well received,&quot; says Tinson.&nbsp;&nbsp; &quot;And they&nbsp;(workers)&nbsp;are reaping the benefits by being able to work some overtime.&quot;</p><p align="LEFT">Chrysler had been planning to hire 1,100&nbsp;new workers at the plant next January but will move that ahead to this November. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:07:28 +0000 Tracy Samilton 7258 at http://michiganradio.org Chrysler factory to stay open this summer to make more Jeep Grand Cherokees