CHAPTER 442

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TO RECONSIDER ITS DECISION TO CLOSE THE LENAPE PLANT OF CHRYSLER CORPORATION AT NEWARK, DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the Defense Department has announced plans to close the Lenape Plant of Chrysler Corporation at Newark, Delaware, and to transfer the operations to an Army Depot outside the State of Delaware; and

WHEREAS, such a closing will result in the loss of employment by at least Five Hundred (500) trained workers; and

WHEREAS, such a closing will result in a loss to the community of a payroll amounting to approximately Sixty Thousand Dollars ($60,000) a week; and

WHEREAS, New Castle County is already an area of high unemployment; and

WHEREAS, the Lenape Plant of Chrysler Corporation at Newark, Delaware, is the only Defense Plant operating in the

NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the 121st General Assembly of the State of Delaware, (the Senate concurring therein):

That the President of the United States and the Defense Department be requested to reconsider the decision to close the Lenape Plant of Chrysler Corporation at Newark, Delaware, because of the severe impact upon the economy of New Castle County and the State of Delaware.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be forwarded to:

The President of the United States

The Secretary of Defense

The Secretary of the Interior

The Secretary of Labor

U. S. Senator John J. Williams

U. S. Senator J. Caleb Boggs

U. S. Representative Harris B. McDowell

Approved April 11, 1961.