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Chrysler to idle Mack II plant (update)

by Bill Cawthon on

Detroit News  reported that Chrysler will idle the Mack II Engine Plant on September 9, when the 3.7-liter V-6 engine built there goes out of production.

According to the article, all 182 UAW workers currently employed at the plant will be offered new positions in the company.

The 3.7-liter engine, used for the Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500, will be replaced by the Pentastar V-6 built at the Trenton and Saltillo Engine plants.

The Detroit Free Press wrote last year that the Mack Avenue II plant might be used for final assembly of the upcoming Maserati Kubang SUV.

According to the Freep, workers at UAW Local 51 were told that, if the plan is approved, the Kubang’s body would be assembled at Jefferson North while workers at the Mack Avenue plant would install the interior, engine and trim. However, with this latest action, Chrysler seems to be ruling out that possibility, calling the Mack plant layoffs “permanent.”

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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