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Chrysler Will End Production at Mack Avenue Plant

July 17, 2012

Brent Snavely


Chrysler said today it plans to end production at its Mack Avenue Engine II plant in Detroit in September and offer the more than 200 workers there jobs at other plants.

The Auburn Hills automaker informed the state of Michigan of its decision on July 9. The last day of employment for the Mack Avenue Engine II employees will be Sept. 9.

"Although we anticipate that there may be other employment opportunities for affected employees, these layoffs must be considered permanent," Chrysler said in its notice to the state.

Chrysler is replacing the 3.7-liter, V6 engine built at the Mack Avenue Engine II plant with an engine it builds at another plant. The engine is currently used in the Jeep Liberty and Ram 1500 pickup.

"This action is in line with the company's 2009 business plan, which showed that the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 would replace seven V-6 engine models through 2014," Chrysler said in a statement.

Chrysler builds the Pentastar engine with an engine it builds at its Trenton South Engine Plant in Trenton and its Saltillo South Engine Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Tony Leonard, 41, who lives in Macomb County, worries that he will be relocated to a plant like Trenton that could add an hour or more to his daily commute.

"This plant is a nice plant. It's clean, it's climate controlled, and we are getting booted out of here with no idea where we are going, or what shift we are going to go to," Leonard said.

The 650,000-square-foot Mack Avenue Engine II plant at 4500 St. Jean Ave. was built in 1999 and began building engines in 2000.

Chrysler builds a 4.7-liter, V8 engine at the nearby Mack Avenue Engine I plant.

Source: (c)2012 the Detroit Free Press | Distributed by MCT Information Services

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