Today, Chrysler Group announced that it will be investing an additional $52 million into its Trenton and Dundee, Mich. engine facilities. As a result, 298 new jobs will be created at the Trenton facility and Tigershark engine (used in the Dodge Dart and upcoming Jeep Cherokee) capacity will be dramatically increased. In all, this latest investment from Chrysler Group tallies over $5.2 billion in funds diverted to boost production quality since June of 2009.
Chrysler Group is splitting up the investment, giving $11.5 million to the Trenton facility, while the other $40.5 million will go to the Dundee facility. Trenton will see the addition of an assembly line for the Tigershark engine while Dundee’s newly acquired funds will go to converting an assembly line to build machine cranks, heads, and blocks for said Tigershark engine. On top of that, the Dundee facility will continue to assemble the Tigershark engine along with the 1.4-liter FIRE engine and World Gas Engine. Both the Trenton and Dundee facility are expected to begin production by the end of the third quarter of this year.
Back in May of 2011, Trenton shuttered its doors but Chrysler Group dumped $114 million into it a month later. The 400,000 square-foot facility is now responsible for assembling core components of the 3.6-liter Pentastar engine, which is built at its sister facility right next door. Pentastar engine production kicked into full gear back in January of last year and saw another investment to the tune of $40 million show up in November of 2012. This investment was made so that Trenton could handle production of both the 3.2-liter and 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engines alongside the Tigershark inline-4 cylinder engine.
As for the Dundee engine facility, it opened its doors back in 2004 under the joint tutelage of Mitsubishi, Hyundai, and Chrysler. In December of 2009, Chrysler Group announced that it would be investing $179 million to begin building a 1.4-liter engine. Less than a year later, in October 2010, Chrysler Group announced that it would be investing $150 million to boost capacity and create leeway for future engines. Fast-forward to present day and the Dundee facility is now saddled with the task of building engine components for the Tigershark engine as well as the mill itself.
Source: Chrysler Group