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Chrysler Group LLC will idle its Mack Avenue Engine II Plant in suburban Detroit in September.

According to a report carried by The Detroit News, the company has told the relevant authorities in Michigan that none of the 182 workers employed at the powertrain plant will be laid off: each is to be offered a new position at another Chrysler Group facility.

Those workers are represented by the United Auto Workers, but calls from The Detroit News to the three locals representing plant employees were not returned.

Employees at Mack Engine II make a V-6 engine that is being phased out. It is being replaced with a Pentastar V-6 engine that is being built in Trenton.

Two of the last remaining vehicles, the Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500 pickup, will gain the Pentastar for the 2013 model year. The 3.6-litre V6 is manufactured at Chrysler powertrain plants in Trenton, Michigan and Saltillo, Mexico.