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Thu June 16, 2011
Chrysler to reopen part of plant in Trenton, Michigan
Chrysler says it will invest $114 million in the Trenton North engine plant and save about 268 jobs.
Chrysler will repurpose about one-fifth, or 400,000-square feet, of the Trenton North engine plant to make parts for the Pentastar engine made at the Trenton South plant.
The plant was closed last month, but the need for these parts has increased as Chrysler replaces seven V-6 engines with the new Pentastar V-6 engine, Brian Harlow, head of powertrain manufacturing said in a statement.
"This investment has also given Trenton North, which has been building engines for nearly 60 years, a new lease on life," Harlow said.
The city of Trenton gave Chrysler some tax breaks in exchange for investing in and reopening part of the Trenton North engine plant.
Crain's Detroit Business reports the tax break as a "50 percent tax abatement for Chrysler for 12 years."
Trenton Mayor, Gerald Brown, said he's happy Chrysler has given the plant a new lease on life. From the Detroit News:
Trenton Mayor Gerald Brown said the city is thrilled Chrysler is reopening the plant...
On Monday, the Trenton City Council approved a tax break for the $114 million project.
"My administration worked very hard to come to an agreement that will provide the city with long-term stability at the site, additional jobs and tax base improvements while further enhancing the relationship that Trenton and Chrysler have enjoyed since the 1950s. Trenton truly is Chrysler Town and we are proud of it," Brown said.