Chrysler Group LLC announced today that it will invest $114 million in new equipment for its Trenton Engine Complex plant to support increased production of its Pentastar engine. The invest is expected to create 268 new jobs and will be used to repurpose about one-fifth or nearly 400,000-square feet of the Trenton North Engine Plant, which ceased operations in May 2011.
“As Chrysler Group moves to replace seven V-6 engines with the new Pentastar V-6, it has become necessary to add capacity on core components in order to meet the production demands of this new engine,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President and Head of Powertrain Manufacturing. “This investment has also given Trenton North, which has been building engines for nearly 60 years, a new lease on life.”
“We want to thank the City of Trenton for approving our tax abatement request and their continued support,” said Harlow.
The Pentastar engine was launched in March 2010 and is now available in 10 Chrysler Group vehicles including the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango, Chrysler 200, Chrysler 200 Convertible and Chrysler Town & Country.
– By: Omar Rana