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DETROIT-DaimlerChrysler says it will make a major renovation of its Jefferson North Assembly Plant here. The multi-million project began this week at the plant, which assembles the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler declines to say how much money it was investing in the overhaul of the 13-year old plant, but did say it would be retooled to allow the plant to assemble more than one make of vehicle at a time. Similar plant overhauls in recent years for Chrysler and other major automakers have easily exceeded $100 million. Since the plant opened, it has focused exclusively on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, a popular seller for DCX. The Grand Cherokee is being redesigned and the new version of the vehicle is to be launched later this year.

Most of the plant’s 2,700 workers will be on temporary lay-off during the work, with all of them expected to be called back by late July, Chrysler says. Jefferson North’s production capacity will remain unchanged after the work at 350,000 vehicles annually.

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