June 11, 2007 - 10:46 am
Chrysler announced the decision to retool the 1.9-million-square foot plant today. A formal announcement is set for Wednesday in Kenosha.
Kenosha joins Trenton (Mich.) Engine and Saltillo, Mexico, as the sites for production of the new fuel-efficient V-6 engines.
The decision is a blow to Toledo (Ohio) Machining, whose union workers made work-rule concessions last year for a shot at the program.
The new Phoenix plants are part of a $3 billion powertrain investment that Chrysler is undertaking to upgrade its technology. Each Phoenix plant will be capable of making 440,000 engines a year. Production is set to begin in 2009. The investment at Trenton will be $730 million while the Saltillo investment is set to be $570 million.