DETROIT, June 15 Chrysler Group LLC FIA.MI
said on Wednesday it will invest $114 million and partially
reopen a Michigan engine plant, retaining 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.
According to Chrysler's website, the plant once employed
579 people, including 531 hourly workers.
Chrysler has spent $3.2 billion on its U.S. plants since
June 2009, the company said.
(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Andre Grenon)