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    Chrysler to close all 30 of its plants for a month






    Chrysler to close all 30 of its plants for a month
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Wednesday, December 17th 2008, 6:21 PM

    DETROIT — Chrysler LLC said Wednesday that it is closing all 30 of its manufacturing plants for a month starting Friday as it seeks to counter the most severe downturn in U.S. auto sales in more than two decades.

    By extending the traditional two-week holiday shutdown period, the struggling Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker can adjust production to slowing demand and conserve cash.

    In a statement Wednesday, Chrysler said tighter credit markets are keeping would-be buyers away from its showrooms. The company said its dealers are unable to close sales for buyers due to a lack of financing, and estimate that 20 to 25 percent of their volume has been lost due to the credit situation. Sales in November slid 47.1 percent.

    Chrysler and larger rival General Motors Corp. have warned they could run out of cash within weeks without financial aid from Washington. Chrysler has said its cash will drop to $2.5 billion by Dec. 31, the minimum needed to meet payroll, pay suppliers and run the company. It would have trouble paying bills after the first of the year.

    Operations will be idled at the end of the shift on Friday, Dec. 19th shift. the earliest plants will reopen is Jan. 19, 2009. A few plants will reopen on Jan. 26.

    Chrysler is seeking $7 billion in government loans as it tries to survive the recession and the worst U.S. auto sales slump in 26 years. For the first 11 months of this year, Chrysler sales are down 27.7 percent to 1.4 million vehicles from 1.9 million for the same period last year.

    With the U.S. sales slump expected to continue into January, traditionally one of the slowest sales months of the year, the company has little revenue coming in and must pay suppliers $7 billion every 45 days.

    In the case of some plants, such as the Toledo Jeep plant in Ohio, operations will resume January 26, but with one less shift. More than 750 workers are being cut on the second shift at the Toledo North plant, said Dan Henneman, United Auto Workers union official for Local 12.

    Chrysler's Jeep Liberty, Nitro and Wrangler are assembled at the Ohio plants. Sales of the company's Jeep-brand vehicles fell 41.8 percent in November to 20,302 units.

    Henneman said 755 people worked the shift. About 550 workers took a retirement package and 200 will be indefinitely laid off.

    General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. have announced extensions of their holiday shutdowns as well.

    Chrysler is privately held, with 80.1 percent owned by New York private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP.

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    I wonder how many of those shutdown days the full-time workers will get paid for. The two-week shutdown is pretty common for production plants this time of year, but the employees generally get paid for around six of those shutdown days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    Chrysler to close all 30 of its plants for a month
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Wednesday, December 17th 2008, 6:21 PM

    DETROIT — Chrysler LLC said Wednesday that it is closing all 30 of its manufacturing plants for a month starting Friday as it seeks to counter the most severe downturn in U.S. auto sales in more than two decades.
    Chrysler says the shut-down is for one month.

    I think this is just a polite, soft, gesture.

    I think Chrysler will be shut-down for a lot longer than a month.

    Honestly, I think this may be it for Chrysler LLC.

    Lending is still basically frozen for buyers. And people won't be buying this year. Analysts predict as much as a 30% decline in auto-sales for 2009.
    It's an accurate statement that our current spending will not be increasing the debt We've stopped spending money that we don't have.

    -- Jack Lew, then director of the Office of Management and Budget, in Feb. 16, 2011 testimony before the Senate Budget Committee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Smoothy View Post
    Chrysler says the shut-down is for one month.

    I think this is just a polite, soft, gesture.

    I think Chrysler will be shut-down for a lot longer than a month.

    Honestly, I think this may be it for Chrysler LLC.

    Lending is still basically frozen for buyers. And people won't be buying this year. Analysts predict as much as a 30% decline in auto-sales for 2009.
    good for me, im in the market for a new car!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Smoothy View Post
    Chrysler says the shut-down is for one month.

    I think this is just a polite, soft, gesture.

    I think Chrysler will be shut-down for a lot longer than a month.

    Honestly, I think this may be it for Chrysler LLC.

    Lending is still basically frozen for buyers. And people won't be buying this year. Analysts predict as much as a 30% decline in auto-sales for 2009.
    Cerberus is in the business of buying companies and dismantling them for profit. Wouldn't be a surprise.

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