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New work, new hires for Mack Ave, Trenton, Warren Truck

Chrysler is growing again: the company today announced it plans to invest nearly $240 million and add as many as 1,250 new jobs at the Mack I Engine Plant, Trenton North Engine Plant and Warren Truck Assembly Plant.

Mack will get $198 million to add the production of the Pentastar V6 beginning in 2014. Up to 250 new jobs will be added, based on market conditions. When the 4.7-liter engine the plant currently builds is phased out in the first quarter of 2013, Mack I will begin producing crankshafts for the Trenton Engine Plant, followed by production of cylinder heads and cylinder blocks.

Trenton North will see an investment of $40 million to add a flexible production line that can run both Pentastar and Tigershark engines. This investment is in addition to the $114 million announced in June to repurpose about one-fifth, or nearly 400,000 square-feet, of Trenton North for production of core components for the Pentastar engines produced at Trenton South.

Warren Truck will get a third shift beginning in March 2013, adding 1,000 new jobs to produce the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup. Chrysler’s Mike Driehorst, writing in the Chrysler blog, notes that Warren Truck will be the third Chrysler plant to add a third shift in a year. Belvidere Assembly and Jefferson North Assembly are also now running three shifts.

Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed the plans, saying, “Today is another important milestone in living up to the commitment we made more than three and a half years ago to our employees, this city, this region and our country to transform this company. All of these investments are the direct result of a lot of people who have battled courageously to bring Chrysler back to a state of growth. It is our contribution toward helping southeastern Michigan get back on its feet.”

Marchionne was joined by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, UAW Vice President General Holiefield and Warren Truck General Manager Bob Hollingsworth for the announcement.

“I want to thank Mayor Bing and all the other state and local officials who worked with us to make these investments possible,” Marchionne said. “Together, and with the support of our UAW partners, we are committed to building something that will have a long lasting, direct impact on this community.”

With the latest actions, Chrysler has now invested $4.75 billion in its U.S. facilities and added 6,000 new jobs since June 2009. Group’s investments in its U.S. facilities increase to nearly $4.75 billion since June 2009.

“These new investments and new jobs are a testament to the determination we all had – management, labor and our workforce – to making the best of the second chance we were given in 2009,” said General Holiefield, Vice President and Director of the UAW Chrysler Department. “In partnership with the UAW, Chrysler Group is helping grow good paying manufacturing jobs and securing the future manufacturing base in this country.”

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?


In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval


San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?


NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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