FCA’s Mark Stewart on building a new auto assembly plant during a pandemic, jobs for Detroiters

Crain’s Detroit Business: Start us off by backing up a little bit in the history of how this project came to be, starting with Sergio Marchionne and Mayor Mike Duggan first having the conversation about the future of FCA’s presence in Detroit.

Mark Stewart: It precedes me a little bit as I’ve been with the company almost two years now. I always like to say I hit it at one of the luckiest times of the company to come in a period of growth and investment in Detroit. As you said, it goes back to a discussion with Sergio Marchionne and Mike Manley together with Mayor Mike Duggan and Mayor Duggan said, ‘Hey, give us a chance to go through this. We understand you guys are going to make an investment into a new assembly operation and we’d like to have a shot to do it in Detroit.’ And, of

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