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Chrysler asks for Kokomo tax abatements

by Bill Cawthon on

Indiana Transmission

According to a report in the Kokomo Tribune, Chrysler is asking the Kokomo Common Council for a new tax abatement. The company is also seeking a ten-year tax abatement from Tipton County for the former Getrag plant which was built as part of a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler and the German transmission manufacturer but was never finished.

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson confirmed the filing for the Kokomo abatement, but had no further comment.

Kokomo’s council president, Mike Kennedy, told the Tribune that he understands the latest request is tied to one for the Tipton plant, but said he doesn’t have any other details.

“It goes along with the investment in Tipton County,” Kennedy was quoted as saying. “The investment here includes some pretty decent jobs activity.”

Greg Goodnight, mayor of Kokomo, confirmed the tie-in but wasn’t able to release any other information, saying, “We were in discussions with Chrysler today, but we’re not to the announcement stage yet.”

Chrysler is said to be planning to build a new nine-speed transmission at the former Getrag plant. This could impact plans for production at the Indiana Transmission Plant 1, on Kokomo’s north side.

The Kokomo Common Council will meet at 7:00 PM Monday at the Kokomo City Hall to consider the abatement request.

Read more about the Tipton plant on AllparRead the Kokomo Tribune Story

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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