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As reported in the Monroe News:
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is investing $4.5 billion in existing Michigan plants, including $119 million earmarked for the Dundee Engine Plant.
The automaker announced today that the moves are intended to increase capacity to meet growing demand for its Jeep and Ram brands. The proposed projects would create nearly 6,500 jobs across the state.
Dundee Village Manager David Uhl said the investment into the plant on Ann Arbor Rd. would be to prepare an assembly line that has been vacant since the plant first opened. Under the proposal, Dundee would get the 3.6-, 3.2- and 3.0-liter Pentastar engines currently built at the Mack Assembly in Detroit. Production is expected to begin in the fall.
“We are excited Chrysler will be expanding its operation in Dundee,” Uhl said. “This is fantastic news not only for the Village of Dundee but for Monroe County. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Chrysler.”
The plant, formerly known as Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance LLC, began production in 2005 with an annual capability of producing 420,000 engines. It employs 700 workers.
The Dundee plant was purchased by Chrysler in December, 2012, and renamed the Chrysler Dundee Engine Plant. After Chrysler’s assimilation into FCA, the plant simply became known as the Dundee Engine Plant.
Matthew Vanisacker, Vice President of Monroe County Business Development Corporation, credited the employees at the Dundee plant for helping to make the investment possible.
“On behalf of the Monroe County Business Development Corporation, we are truly excited about FCA Group moving production of their Pentastar 3.6-, 3.2- and 3.0-liter engines to the Village of Dundee,” he said. “This move speaks volumes to the work of all employees at the Dundee Engine Plant and their commitment to producing a high-quality product for their customers. We are eager to see the additional economic benefits Monroe County will receive as part of this $119 million investment.”
Statement from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
The following is part of the governor’s statement posted on Michigan.gov.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer today praised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) for its decision to build a new state-of-the-art automobile assembly plant in Detroit and add production at five existing Michigan facilities – a transformative project creating a total of nearly 6,500 jobs in Michigan and generating $4.5 billion in investment. Whitmer joined Detroit officials and company executives at a press conference today to confirm details of the announcement.
“This is incredible news for Michigan’s economy, our families, and the future of our state. Today’s announcement signals the strong bet FCA is making on our talent and manufacturing heritage that will continue to cement Michigan’s status as the home of automotive innovation for generations to come,” Whitmer said.