Microchips scarcity halts manufacturing, but not at Jeep’s new Detroit plant

Detroit — Stellantis NV is extending downtime at some of its crops, but its newest in

Detroit — Stellantis NV is extending downtime at some of its crops, but its newest in Detroit is churning out the three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Mack Assembly Plant is the first new car assembly plant in the town in 30 years. The brightly lit, 3 million-sq.-foot factory began production in March and is functioning on three shifts 5 days a week with approximately 4,900 people, including 2,100 recently employed Detroiters.

“Some of them hadn’t observed pieces right before. These men labored with me so very well,” claimed Jack Fox Jr., a mechanical engineer in cost of the instruments used to put in the chassis and powertrain. “I have worked all above — St. Louis, Belvidere — this is a terrific workforce here.”

Providing Detroiters the very first shot at employment at the new plant was a section of the transatlantic automaker’s community added benefits agreement to be capable to build the $1.6 billion facility next to its North Jefferson Assembly Plant, household to the two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs, on Detroit’s east side.