WASHINGTON – Wisconsin’s First District Congressman Paul Ryan issued the following statement regarding today’s news reports about the closing of the Kenosha Chrysler plant:
“I am shocked, surprised and deeply disappointed by today's news. From my conversations that took place with Chrysler executives this year and as early as Wednesday evening, I had been given assurances that this would not occur. I learned about this troubling development from news reports today and not from either Chrysler or officials at the White House that negotiated this bankruptcy restructuring. We are still trying to ascertain the meaning of this court filing.
"In fact, the details surrounding Fiat’s involvement in these restructuring plans gave me hope on the prospects of securing a new product in Kenosha to keep these jobs. Sadly, the crisis in the auto industry has hit Southern Wisconsin especially hard. With this gut-wrenching news, I am committed to continue to do all I can to support those in our community hit hardest by this loss, as we work to rebuild and revitalize the Kenosha community and Southern Wisconsin.”
May 1, 2009
Ryan 'shocked' by news of Chrysler plant closing
First Janesville's GM plant -- 1,300 jobs lost since Christmas -- and now Kenosha's Chrysler plant -- another 850 jobs going; you'd think by now...