Stellandis sought to sell the UAW Auburn Hills headquarters and other sites

Jeep maker Stellandis NV is seeking the unilateral right to sell its Auburn Hills headquarters and technology center, one of 18 facilities it has proposed to sell or close as part of its latest offer to the United Auto Workers. Information.

The sale of the Atlantic carmaker’s North American headquarters, which bears Chrysler’s Pentastar logo, does not mean the automaker is abandoning Auburn Hills, according to a source who requested anonymity without permission to speak publicly on the topic. Flexibility and options for the future of the 500-acre campus, which includes laboratories, engineering facilities and design studios in a hybrid workspace. For example, it may sell the property and lease it back.

The proposal was included in Stellandis’ fourth counteroffer to the union Thursday evening, which had earlier announced strikes at the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator plants in Toledo, Ohio, Ford Motor Co.’s Bronco and Ranger plants in Wayne and General Motors Co. Wentzville midsize pickup and commercial van plant outside St. Louis.

Steven Summers, (L), 60, of Wayne, along with other UAW workers, tried to block a semi-trailer from entering a Ford Michigan assembly plant, and they eventually let the truck through.  Ford Michigan Assembly.  September 18, 2023, Wayne, MI.  (Clarence Tabe Jr./The Detroit News)

The UAW represents salaried employees at the Auburn Hills headquarters. As a result, the union must agree to a proposal that would allow Stellandis to sell the site that previously served as Chrysler LLC’s world headquarters.

Late Monday, Auburn Hills Mayor Kevin McDaniel said: “We are proud to be home to Stellandis North America headquarters. As Stellandis is the largest employer in our thriving community, we recognize the importance of paying attention to the latest reports surrounding the closing of 18 U.S. facilities. To date, Stellandis is the largest employer in our city. We have not received any indication or information that it intends to close its headquarters.”

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