Detroit Auto Industry: Reckoning to Revival

'Isn't That What America Is All About?'

On the Line

Terry Thompson was on vacation when Chrysler went bankrupt and word hadn't reached him about the closing of Jefferson North. So as he pulled into the parking lot Monday morning, May 4, 2009, he was stunned to see nothing but empty spaces. "It was an eerie feeling," he said. "I thought, `This isn't right."'

He finally found a supervisor watching over the empty factory. "Terry, what are you doing here?" the manager asked.

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