The last time we heard, Chrysler was pondering whether or not to add jobs to its Warren truck facility, located just outside Detroit. This idea surfaced even before the 2013 Ram 1500 debuted earlier this year and now it’s official. Chrysler will be adding a third shift to its Warren facility to keep up with the anticipated demand for the 2013 Ram. The Mack Engine complex is also expected to get a little TLC as well in order to handle the increasing demand for the company’s Pentastar V-6 engine. In total, Chrysler will be investing around $238 million and adding another 1,250 jobs to properly stock these facilities.
Chrysler will begin initiating the additional third shift at the Warren facility next spring but was vague when asked for a specific starting date. The heavily refreshed 2013 Ram 1500 will offer the 3.6-liter V-6 engine as an option and pair it to Chrysler’s all-new Torqueflite eight-speed automatic transmission. Through the first 10 months of 2012, Chrysler has found 238,815 new homes for Ram models, one of the best-selling nameplates in the automaker’s portfolio.
News of boosted engine supplies is a welcoming sign as Chrysler is currently in need of more 3.6-liter V-6 engines, the main engine used in the automaker’s portfolio. Building a variation of the Pentastar engine is also in the works, as a company spokesman told Automotive News. A 3.2-liter engine was in the works earlier this year and that it would be built somewhere in suburban Detroit. Today’s announcement follows that plan as engine production, for both Pentastar variations, will be boosted at Chrysler’s Mack Engine facility which just happens to be located in suburban Detroit.
Besides the Mack Engine facility, Chrysler will also be investing another $40 million into part of the Trenton Engine facility, also just outside Detroit. The Trenton facility currently assembles the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine but this most recent investment will be used to retool the facility for 3.2-liter V-6 engine production. An additional line will be set-up for production of the four-cylinder Tigershark engine, which is currently built in Dundee, Mich. The boost in 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engines will be needed, as the replacement for the Jeep Liberty will be using them.