Chrysler CEO Backs the DRIC

Delays at Ambassador Bridge is costing Chrylser $300 per car according to testimony by a Chrylser executive at the House Transportation Committee hearing

Comments by:

Sergio Marchionne
Chief Executive Officer
Chrysler Group LLC

March 15, 2010

Every day, the combined U.S. and Canadian auto industry sends thousands of cross-border truck shipments and well over $100 million of goods across the Detroit-Windsor border. These trucks carry vehicles and production parts that are destined for automotive assembly plants in Ontario, Michigan, as well as other U.S. states.

The integration of our industry makes the movement of trade between Canada and U.S. important and dependent on each other. The North American automobile industry and the hundreds of thousands of employees in vehicle assembly and parts production depend on the smooth flow of just-in-time deliveries across this critical border gateway.

In light of the importance of efficient and effective infrastructure to the success of the automotive industry, Chrysler strongly supports the partnership between the governments of Michigan and Ontario, as well as Canada and the United States, as they work toward securing a new gateway at Detroit/Windsor.

The automotive industry continues to support the proposed Detroit River International Crossing, or DRIC. This proposed new crossing would add redundancy and unimpeded access from Ontario’s highways to Michigan’s interstates.

DRIC will bring $1.8 billion in investment to the Detroit – Windsor area and would create 10,000 construction jobs in Michigan and generate another 30,000 indirect jobs in Michigan and Windsor.

In the coming months, the Michigan Legislature will consider a bill to authorize construction of the new DRIC bridge. It is my sincere hope that the Legislature will pass the bill by the June 1st deadline.

The need for an additional crossing to handle current and future trade flows is widely acknowledged and it is imperative that this new crossing be completed as soon as possible. It’s important to our collective future!