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Fiat Chrysler to create new Jeep facility, layoff hundreds of Detroit autoworkers

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Fiat Chrysler’s plan to re-engineer a Detroit assembly plant could push hundreds of autoworkers out of the facility – at least temporarily.

Officials with Fiat Chrysler want to change the Mack Avenue Engine plant into a production facility for its popular Jeep Grand Cherokee and some other, newer models.

As part of that move…the automaker informed state officials it will lay off about 700 workers currently at the plant, beginning at the end of next month.

But the company predicts most, or perhaps all, of those workers will have a chance to be employed at a different Fiat Chrysler facility while the Mack Avenue plant is renovated.

The automaker estimates its one-and-a-half billion dollar investment in the location should create almost four-thousand new jobs.

In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Mike Duggan said Detroit officials are well on the way to assembling the 200 acres of land Fiat Chrysler needs for its project.