Chrysler Group Donates Dodge Ram Truck to Family in St. Louis
St. Louis, Wed, Jan 24, 2007 - Chrysler Group today donated a Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab to the family of Mitchell Hults at the St. Louis Auto Show. Hults was responsible for helping to bring two abducted youths to safety earlier this month in Missouri.
Teenager Hults was a classmate of one of the abducted boys, Ben Ownby. Hults spotted the vehicle fleeing the scene of the abduction on January 8. He described the vehicle to police, which led to the freeing of Ownby and also Shawn Hornbeck who disappeared in 2002. Following the detailed description, Michael Devlin, 41, was arrested and has been charged with kidnapping.
“As a 'Good Neighbor, Good Citizen,' the Chrysler Group takes pride in being a member of the St. Louis Community,” said Chuck Kowalski, Chrysler Group Plant Manager – St. Louis North. “We have made a commitment that wherever our company operates, we will build partnerships that promote economic growth, build stronger, more vital communities and enrich the lives of others, such as the Hults family."
Wayne Cunningham of Southtown Dodge, located at 7127 Lindburgh in St. Louis, provided the vehicle for the donation. The Dodge Ram was chosen for the donation because of its appeal to street-smart consumers and its reputation for toughness and durability — attributes clearly shared by Hults.
“We believe it's important to pitch in and help people in the communities where we live and work," said Cunningham. "That's why we're proud to celebrate Mitchell Hults – a true everyday hero who courageously helped bring two youths to safety and also helped two families start the healing process.”
Chrysler Group has a history of working with the St. Louis community. In the past five years, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund has contributed more than $1 million to charitable organizations in the greater St. Louis community, including the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Boys Town of Missouri, Make a Wish Foundation and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Chrysler Group has two manufacturing facilities that are both located in Fenton, Mo. The St. Louis South
plant is home to the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan minivans. The Dodge Ram (1500 and 2500) Standard and Quad Cab pickups are built at St. Louis North
. The 2.29 million-square-foot St. Louis North Plant was constructed in 1966. The plant employs 2,146 people.
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