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Chrysler confirms new life for Trenton

by David Zatz on

On June 13, Allpar posted a story, courtesy of “superduckie,” on the City of Trenton’s approval of tax breaks for Chrysler to keep the Trenton North plant open for parts production.

Trenton Engine recently stopped building the 3.8 liter V6, and even more recently stopped building heads for the engine (as service parts). The decision to help Chrysler took no more than 12 minutes, from introduction of the resolution to the end of the vote.

Allpar’s report of Chrysler’s investment of $114 million has been confirmed by the company; 268 jobs will be kept, at the expense of at least one Mexican parts contractor.

There remains the possibility that Chrysler could use the rest of the plant to add another Pentastar V6 line; 2 million square feet remain unused, and the company’s V6 engine building capability appears to lag far behind its future need. Originally three plants were to produce the state of the art engine, but one was cancelled; currently they are produced by Trenton South, which is on the same property as Trenton North, and by a plant in Mexico which some believe is underperforming.

Retooling Trenton North will take a considerable time, and it is expected to go live around the end of the year but be completed in summer 2013.

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