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Chrysler to invest $114m in Trenton, Michigan facility

ABR Staff Writer Published 16 June 2011

Chrysler Group plans to invest $114m to reopen part of the recently closed Trenton North engine plant in Michigan, US which ceased operations in May 2011.

The investment will be used for the production of core components for the Pentastar engine produced at the Trenton South engine plant and expected to create 268 new jobs.

Trenton South launched the new Pentastar engine in March 2010, which is now available in 10 Chrysler Group vehicles.

The vehicles include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 200 Convertible and Chrysler Town & Country.

Chrysler VP and head of powertrain manufacturing Brian Harlow said as the group moves to replace seven V-6 engines with the new Pentastar V-6, it has become necessary to add capacity on core components in order to meet the production demands of this new engine.

"This investment has also given Trenton North, which has been building engines for nearly 60 years, a new lease on life," Harlow said.

"We want to thank the City of Trenton for approving our tax abatement request and their continued support."