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Mack update and 4.7 end-date

by David Zatz on

An Allpar reader added some information to the Mack Avenue story. He said that the goal for the Mack I plant was 250,000 Pentastar V6 engines to start, but with modest expansion, the company could produce up to 500,000 per year. That expansion potential is why the Pentastar may go to Mack I, rather than Mack II, which is to be idled far sooner.

Mack I has 1.4 million square feet of floor space, and is to end V8 production in March 2013; Mack 2, which is slated to close in two months, has just 650,000 square feet of space. Production of the Pentastar is slated to begin in the third/fourth quarter of 2013, an aggressive schedule.

Currently the old block and crank lines are being dismantled and scrapped at Mack I. Two crank lines may, the source said, have machine delivery starting within the next two months. Cranks will be going to Trenton.

Hourly employees at the Mack 2 facility will being given numerous options to exerciser at plant shut-down, and will be given “plant closing” seniority. Some hourly employees at Mack 1 may experience a short term layoff as a result of the transition in 2013.

Although there are no plans for the Mack 2 plant, the rumor is that it will be used for final trim of the Maserati SUV, including a welcome center — the same set-up as the Viper plant up the street on Conner Avenue.

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