Chrysler poised to create more than 2,000 jobs

Forget what LL Cool J said: You can call it a comeback. After five years of slack growth and production caused by the Great Recession, the U.S. automotive industry is back to creating jobs. It’s great news for the national economy, and even better for manufacturing recruiters helping top tier automakers find top talent.

Chrysler commits 850 jobs to transmission plant
The economic collapse shuttered expansion plans before they could even be carried out for the Chrysler Group, but after coming out of bankruptcy, the automotive leader is setting out to finish what it started. According to the Indianapolis Star, Chrysler will invest $162 million to complete the never-finished Getrag Transmission plant in north-central Tipton and hire 850 employees to run the facility.

Chrysler officials told The Star the transmission plant will handle increased parts demand after the company has achieved year-over-year sales growth for cars, vans and trucks during the last 32 consecutive months.

In addition to having an important impact on the local economy, the Tipton plant improvements will likely benefit supply chain recruiters, Michael Hicks, director of the Bureau of Business Research at Ball State University, told the newspaper.

“A plant like that … needs chemicals and machinery … raw steel and aluminum,” Hicks said. “There are going to be a significant number of suppliers [who will benefit].”

Larger plans for Indiana and Michigan
The recent Tipton announcement was accompanied by rumors suggesting Chrysler will add 500 jobs in Kokomo, Indiana. The Kokomo City Council recently approved property tax breaks requested by Chrysler to implement new factory equipment. While the plant’s plans to expand operations and hire more workers has been confirmed by local news sources, no timetable for the project has been announced.

Indiana isn’t the only traditional auto-manufacturing state Chrysler has targeted recently. The company also recently announced it would consider adding up to 1,250 jobs and invest $250 million in three Michigan plants to increase production of engines and Ram pickups.

The planned expansion calls for 250 new positions in a Detroit engine plant and an entire new third crew at the Warren Truck plant that could entail 1,000 new jobs.

With the U.S. auto industry picking up the pace of hiring and production, manufacturing recruiters can help automotive businesses land employees with the right skill sets through retained search recruiting methods.