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Chrysler Corporation Newark Assembly Plant, Newark, New Castle County, Delaware, USA

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Location Category ID: 57800
Added to Database: 27 October 2010
Last Edited: 27 October 2010
Address: 550 S College Ave, Newark, DE 19713
Telephone:
Email:
Opening Times:
Official Website: Chrysler
University of Delaware
Other Links: Wikipedia
Latitude, Longitude: 39.66375747 , -75.75980902
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: M60 Tank - VFW Post 8971 Doucet-Aucoin, Eunice, Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA (If serial number is 360 - built 1960)

Models of tank built here:
1: M48 Patton Tank - M48 (Primary manufacturer from April 1952)
2: M48A1 Tank (Primary manufacturer from April 1952)
3: M48A2 Tank (Secondary manufacturer from December 1955)
4: M48A2C Tank (Secondary manufacturer of base M48A2 - vehicles upgraded from 1959)
5: M48A3 Tank (Primary manufacturer of base M48A1 from April 1952)
6: M48A5 Tank (Primary manufacturer of base M48A1 from April 1952)
7: M48A5E1 Tank (Primary manufacturer of base M48A1 from April 1952)
8: M60 Tank (Design parent and secondary manufacturer 1962)
9: M103 Heavy Tank (Sole manufacturer 1953-4)
10: M103A1 Heavy Tank (Sole manufacturer 1953-4)
11: M103A2 Heavy Tank (Sole manufacturer of base M103 1953-4)



Newark Assembly was a Chrysler automobile factory in Newark, Delaware. The factory opened in 1951 as a tank plant and was converted for automobiles in 1957. It was the home for the Dodge Durango, a sport utility vehicle since the model's introduction in 1997. On 14 February 2007, DaimlerChrysler announced that the plant would lose one working shift in 2007, and that it would be scheduled to be shut down completely in 2009. However, in October 2008, the company announced that the closure would be moved up to the end of 2008 citing a slowdown in both the economy and demand for large vehicles. On 24 October 2009, the University of Delaware announced it had signed a deal to buy the Chrysler facility; the property is next to the university's main campus. It is planned to use it as a research and development site and for the future expansion of the university. (Source: Wikipedia).
The Newark plant had originally been built specifically for the production of the T48 (later M48 Patton) tank. The first pilot T48 was assembled at Chrysler’s Ordnance Development Department at Highland Park, Michigan. In July 1951 Chrysler had received approval to build the second of the six T48 pilots at Newark. Although assembled during December 1951, the second pilot was held at Newark until modifications resulting from the early tests on the first pilot could be incorporated; it was then shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground for testing on 11 April 1952. Full scale production began soon after.
Meanwhile in December 1950 a production order for 80 T43 (later M103) heavy tanks was placed with Chrysler Corporation. Later, the total production order was increased to 300, providing tanks for both the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps. The first pilot model was completed and shipped to Aberdeen Proving Ground in June 1951. The production run of 300 T43E1s was completed by Chrysler at the Newark plant during 1953 and 1954.
In September 1958 a contract was awarded to Chrysler Corporation for the advanced production engineering of the XM60, later standardised as the M60. After extensive testing on pilot vehicles, the M60 went into production at the Newark plant in 1960. Production was switched to the Detroit Tank Arsenal after the first 360 vehicles were completed.

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April 2009

“DaimlerChrysler - Newark Assembly Plant, Main Office Building in Delaware, closed”, photo by C. Ziemnowicz
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Taken: 29 April 2009
Contributor: Wikimedia
Location Photo ID: 354
Added: 29 October 2010
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