past has a future in large mural
From: The Toledo Blade: Business section; Saturday May
21, 1994 edition
Chrysler Corp. employees saw the 69-year history of the automaker
unfold before their eyes during yesterday’s Family Day celebration.
colorful mural created by Toledo artist Emanuel Enriquez, 27 year
employee at Chrysler’s Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg
Township, was unveiled at SeaGate Centre where Chrysler shareholders
had met the day before for the automaker’s annual meeting.
8-by-24 ft. mural titled “The Legacy Continues,” may
ultimately be moved to the Chrysler Technology Center in Auburn
Hills, Mich., Mr. Enriquez said.
Day offered employees from Toledo Machining and Toledo Jeep Assembly
Plant a chance to eat, check out Chrysler’s latest cars and
trucks, get jostled in the Grand Cherokee driving simulator, race
slot cars on a winding eight-track course, and buy Jeep hats and
Enriquez said he put about 4, 00 hours into the mural which depicts
the history of Chrysler through its vehicles and most famous executives,
including founder Walter P. Chrysler. He spent several months researching
Chrysler’s history before beginning the awesome task.
reflects how the auto has changed and how it has changed out lives,”
Mr. Enriquez said. The mural features nearly 75 Chrysler vehicles.
having finished some technical illustrations for the Toledo Machining
plant, Mr. Enriquez described a mural he has had in mind for 10
years to engineering manager Michael Bustamante, who enthusiastically
encouraged Mr. Enriquez to begin the mural on the second floor of
the plant’s office building. After two years, the mural was
ready for display, Mr. Enriquez said. He chose to publicly unveil
it at Thursday’s annual shareholder’s meeting.
Enriquez, who is planning to begin another mural for the United
Auto Workers, is a Bowling Green State University alumnus and has
displayed his art work at the Toledo Museum of Art and at art festivals
throughout the Midwest.
employees attending yesterday’s Family Days festivities were
still buzzing about the automaker’s decision to hold the stockholder’s
meeting in Toledo.
seemed excited about it,” said Dave Smith, a Toledo Machining
employee. He brought his wife Cynthia, and son Thomas, to Family
Day. “It really boosts the economy,” he said.
Enders. Toledo Machining plant manager, said some employees who
also are stockholders took a vacation day Thursday so they could
attend the annual meeting.
employees, like the rest of the community, were extremely excited
about Chrysler bringing its meeting here,” Mr. Enders said.
Hall, a Jeep plant employee selling Jeep shirts, hats and other
merchandise, said he wasn’t surprised at Chrysler’s
decision to meet in Toledo.
proved to Chrysler that we’re viable and still making money
for them,” said Mr. Hall, a member of the plant’s Product
Quality Improvement team. “To compete in this market we’ve
been working not only harder but smarter. This was Chrysler’s
way to pay them back.”
Conrad, Jeep unit chairman of UAW Local 12, said he appreciated
Chrysler Chairman Robert Eaton’s comments about new hires
forthcoming at the plant and the possibility of a new vehicle being
produced at the Jeep plant.
a great attitude to have,” Mr. Conrad said. “I think
they came down here to give us a pat on the back. We have the oldest
and most productive plant, and it has the greatest labor-management
mechanism in the whole country.”