Sterling Heights Assembly Plant
Sterling Heights Assembly is an automobile manufacturing factory in Sterling Heights, Michigan currently operated by Chrysler Group LLC. The factory opened in 1953 to produce missiles. The nearby Sterling Stamping opened in 1965. Subsequent to its first plant in the continental United States — Volkswagen Westmoreland Assembly Plant in Pennsylvania — Volkswagen converted the plan for automobile production in 1980, but never manufactured automobiles there, instead selling the plant to Chrysler in 1983.After the plant was modernized in 2006, the assembly line and tooling for the outgoing Stratus and Sebring were sold to OAO GAZ and shipped to that company's factory in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.