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CHRYSLER MARYSVILLE GROUNDBREAKING HERALDS STATE-OF-THE-ART PAINT PROCESS

 MARYSVILLE, Mich., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) officially broke ground today at its Marysville National Distribution Center for a paint priming facility that will drastically reduce airborne emissions, and at the same time, improve the quality of replacement parts.
 Michigan Department of Commerce representative Pauline Millichamp, State Rep. Terry London (R-81st District), Marysville Mayor Deem Boldyreff, Mopar Parts General Manager Jerry Blake and Assistant Director to United Auto Workers (UAW) - Chrysler Harvey Hawkins were among the dignitaries, local officials and Chrysler representatives on hand to commemorate the groundbreaking.
 The $10 million project -- which includes new equipment and a 15,000-square-foot addition to the existing parts distribution center -- should be completed next spring. More than 300 UAW workers are currently employed at the approximately 1 million-square-foot facility.
 "This new process will ensure our competitive position for the facility into the future, maintain employment and keep our joint UAW/management team focused on improving on what are already world-class products," said Kitty Marra, Marysville plant manager. "The result is that our customers will be better served with the establishment of this phase of our operations."
 The MOPAR -- Chrysler Corporation Parts -- paint priming facility will feature a state-of-the-art E-coat (electro-deposition) paint priming system for vehicle parts that is more environment friendly and will improve the quality of replacement parts primed and packaged at the plant.
 "Compared to the flow coat process E-coat replaces, we expect to realize an 80-90-percent reduction in volatile organic compounds," said Yogen Rahangdale, Chrysler manager of Paint & Anticorrosion Systems. "Through this process, all recessed areas of the parts will be coated with a highly corrosion protective coating. Runs and sags experienced before with the flow coat process will be eliminated, rendering dealer preparation of parts unnecessary before top coating."
 The Marysville facility, Chrysler's National Distribution Center for sheetmetal body parts, first began operating in 1936. The facility primes over 2 million pieces per year; parts are then shipped to 15 regional distribution centers in the United States (and one in Europe), that in turn distribute parts as needed to the company's approximately 5,000 dealerships nationwide.
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