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Chrysler is bringing more jobs to Michigan

by Bill Cawthon on

Last week, Chrysler announced that CEO Sergio Marchionne, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and other officials, UAW representatives and company employees will gather just before lunchtime on Thursday, November 15, at the Mack I Engine Plant to announce new investments and jobs in Southeast Michigan.

The Detroit News is speculating the announcement will be the confirmation of statements the company made last July about upgrading the engine plant to accommodate production of the Pentastar V-6. Mack I currently employs 144 hourly workers who assemble the 4.7-liter V-8 used in the Ram 1500 pickup.

While exact details of the amount to be invested and potential new hiring are not available at this time, Allpar can confirm the Mack I Plant will be getting the Pentastar engine. In addition, Chrysler will be in-sourcing parts currently made by a supplier in Mexico. According to our sources, the moves will help Chrysler resolve quality issues and save money. Under the plan, it will actually cost less to produce the engines in Detroit than it does in Mexico.

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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