Fiat Chrysler announced it will invest $74.7 million in its two-facility engine complex in Trenton. The investment, which will retain 245 jobs, will retool the north plant to produce next generation four-cylinder engines.
“This investment in our flexible production line at Trenton North will allow us to quickly ramp up North American production of this new fuel-efficient engine,” says Brian Harlow, vice president of manufacturing for FCA North America.
Production of the new engines will begin in the third quarter of 2017 on a flexible production line that was installed in 2012. The new engines will replace the current 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which is currently assembled on the flexible line at Trenton North.
The new engines will provide increased power, while improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions. The Pentastar engine will continue to be produced at Trenton South, Mack Avenue Engine in Detroit, and Saltillo South in Mexico.
The Trenton North Engine plant began production in 1952, idling briefly in 2011 before reopening and adding the flexible production line the next year. The south engine plant opened in 2008 and began production of the Pentastar engine in 2009. Currently, the entire complex has more than1,500 employees.
Since 2009, FCA has announced investments of more than $2 billion in Michigan and added nearly 15,600 jobs, bringing total employment in the state to 35,314, including 21,621 hourly workers.