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CHRYSLER MARKS FORMAL OPENING OF NEW ATLANTA PARTS FACILITY

 CHRYSLER MARKS FORMAL OPENING OF NEW ATLANTA PARTS FACILITY
 ATLANTA, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) formally opens its new 250,000-square-foot Atlanta Parts Distribution Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a ceremony and tour for some 500 guests, including the company's area auto dealers, government representatives, suppliers and employee families.
 Executives from Chrysler headquarters in Detroit and Atlanta and employees will be on hand to host visitors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A brief dedication ceremony is scheduled from 1-1:30. Displays include new Chrysler Corporation vehicles, a traveling performance-oriented exhibit called the Mopar Road Show and demonstration of Mopar's electronic diagnostic service technology.
 The highly automated Parts Distribution Center, newest of Chrysler's 18 parts centers in the U.S., is located on a 40-acre site on Citizen's Parkway in Morrow, close to Hartsfield International Airport and Interstate 75. It is designed to service nearly 550 Chrysler/Plymouth, Dodge/Dodge Truck and Jeep/Eagle dealerships and customers in eight southeastern states. These include: Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky.
 The Atlanta property was purchased by Chrysler Corporation last year. It was remodeled and equipped, then stocked over the fall and winter months.
 It is becoming operational in three stages. Parts shipments to the Atlanta and Birmingham, Ala., areas began earlier this month. Shipments to dealers in most other states begin in March. The final phase, March 30, will serve Florida.
 Dealers from these areas until now have been served by distribution centers in adjacent zones. The work and most of the 80 employees handling it were transferred from those zones.
 The Atlanta facility will stock more than 75,000 automotive parts, ranging from small items to larger components such as body panels, engines and transmissions. Parts are shipped in from Chrysler's four national parts distribution centers, are sorted and stored, then picked and shipped out to fill dealership orders on an overnight basis.
 Almost everything moving in or out is stored and retrieved by computer-controlled equipment: sortation conveyors, material movement conveyors, storage & retrieval systems, parts bin carousels and Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).
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 /CONTACT: Tom Jakobowski of Chrysler, 313-956-1881, 313-956-2894, or in Atlanta, 404-960-3300/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation ST: Michigan, Georgia IN: AUT SU:


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