By Patrick Rall
This morning the Chrysler Group announced a new move to show
their support for the city of Detroit with the renaming of the old Dime
Building as the new Chrysler House. The
Chrysler House will soon serve as the new home of the Great Lakes Business
Center and with the 70 employees who will work at the new Chrysler offices in
downtown Detroit will be CEO Sergio Marchionne – who will have a new office and
a private conference room in the new facility.
The Chrysler Group has long been questioned by critics for
their claims of being a “Detroit automaker” even though their headquarters are
in Auburn Hills Michigan. Chrysler is
the only automaker to have two production facilities in the city of Detroit
(Jefferson North – home of the Durango and Grand Cherokee/ Conner Ave – Home of
the mighty Viper) but with the announcement that they will have a 33,000 square
foot office space in downtown Detroit, Chrysler stakes its claim as a true
In addition to the building at 719 Griswold Street in
Detroit having its name changed from the Dime Building to the Chrysler House,
the Chrysler Group offices will occupy the top two floors of the uniquely
shaped 23-floor tower in the Motor City.
The company expects to have the business offices moved into their new
facility by the end of summer – which is pretty vague – but the important part
of this article is that the Chrysler Group continues to strengthen its position
in Detroit as the Motor City works to regain the glory of yesteryear.