Chrysler invests $114 million to reopen Trenton engine plant image

Chrysler says it plans to spend $114 million to reopen part of its Trenton North engine plant in Detroit’s southern suburbs, creating about 270 jobs.

“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,” Brian Harlow, vice president and head of powertrain manufacturing, said in a press release.

“This investment has also given Trenton North, which has been building engines for nearly 60 years, a new lease on life.”

Chrysler’s decision to do the work in Trenton comes two days after Trenton’s City Council voted 7-0 to approve a 50% personal property tax abatement for the plant for up to 12 years.
Even though Trenton gained a new plant when Chrysler opened Trenton South, the city was concerned about what Chrysler would do with the vacant plant because cities often have difficulty finding tenants to fill empty automotive plants.

Chrysler shuttered the 59-year-old plant just in May after the company began building its new Pentastar engine at its new Trenton South engine plant in 2010.