Before a crane lifted a 3,000-pound column of steel into place on Detroit’s east side Tuesday, the man overseeing work at the new paint shop for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expansion noted the significance of the moment.
“We’re setting up to erect the first column of steel for the new paint shop building. There are a total of 299 vertical columns and this is the first. A major milestone for a new paint shop at Mack,” said John Powell, senior manager for paint facilities. “Big day. Excellent day.”
The new paint shop is one of several new structures under construction at the former Mack Engine complex, soon to house the first new auto assembly plant built in the city in three decades. By the end of next year, vehicles should be rolling off the line. The plant is scheduled to produce a new three-row SUV as well as a redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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