DETROIT – Three years ago, some hourly employees at Chrysler Group’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant started disappearing for periods of time. The workers, normally assigned to 8-hour shifts on the line, instead were traveling north to the DaimlerChrysler Technology Center in Auburn Hills to lend their two cents as to how the new Jeep Commander, destined for Jefferson North in second-half 2005, should be designed. “We wanted to get the input from our employees because we think it is so ...

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