03/28/2008 02:43 am ET Updated Mar 06, 2012

Chrysler To Add More Jobs To Jefferson North, Reopened Conner Assembly Plants In Detroit

Ahead of the North American International Auto Show, one of the big three Detroit automakers is announcing increased production in the Motor City.

Chrysler announced Thursday it would add a third shift to its Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit to handle production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee there.

The automaker announced last month that it would reopen the Conner plant to produce the SRT Viper.

Together, the plants will provide 1,250 new jobs for both salaried and hourly workers.

"We believe that investing in Detroit is not only the right thing to do, but it is a smart thing to do as we work to write the next chapter in our shared history," said Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne, in a release.

Chrysler on Wednesday announced a 37 percent sales gain for December, and 26 percent for the year.