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Trenton South Engine Plant earns Gold LEED certification

by Bill Cawthon on

Nate Stemen of the Trenton (Michigan) Patch reports Chrysler’s South Trenton Engine Plant has earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Trenton facility is only the second U.S. automotive manufacturing plant to receive the gold certification.

Trenton South, which builds the Pentastar V6 engine, has number of attributes making it one of the greenest auto manufacturing plants in Michigan. The plant has kept its carbon footprint minimal by reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of 1,000 homes, according to USGBC.

“The Trenton South Engine Plant has established a new industry benchmark for efficient, environmentally conscious design,” said Scott Garberding, head of manufacturing, Chrysler Group LLC. “This Gold certification is tangible evidence of Chrysler’s dedication to the environment and to the well-being of our surrounding communities.”

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

For more details about the Trenton South plant’s achievements, see the Trenton Patch.

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, 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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