February 27, 2012
ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 photo shows the entrance to one of the parking lots at a Chrysler plant in Kokomo, Ind. After the controversial bailout, the U.S. auto industry has staged an amazing comeback, and the town's largest employer, Chrysler, has pledged to invest nearly $1.3 billion into its plants here, added about 1,000 workers and helped boost Kokomo's fortunes. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Back in this town's darkest days, Jeff Shrock, a third-generation autoworker, would cruise down the streets where he grew up, past the foreclosed homes and four giant Chrysler factories, knowing their future and his job were in jeopardy. He sometimes imagined the worst.