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Dayton Parts Plant Up for Sale

February 7, 2002

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) _ Dayton Thermal Products, which supplies heating and air conditioning parts for Chrysler vehicles, is among the plants the automaker is trying to sell.

Chrysler spokeswoman Michele Tinson said Wednesday that Behr GmbH & Co., a Stuttgart, Germany-based auto supplier, is interested in the plant.

``At this point in time we can’t confirm an agreement,″ Tinson said.

The plant, which makes parts for Dodge and Jeep trucks, employs 1,979 workers.

A message seeking comment was left with International Union of Electronics Workers Local 775, which represents workers at the plant.

Engine plants in Mexico and Detroit are scheduled to close this year as part of a restructuring by the Chrysler Group, a division of DaimlerChrysler. It is not clear how many of Chrysler’s remaining 25 North American parts plants might be up for sale.

Analysts say buying rather than making parts would cut overhead costs and capital spending and potentially save hundreds of dollars on every car and truck Chrysler builds.

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