3½ years

Almost $4.75 billion invested

Added nearly 6,000 U.S. hourly jobs

That's right, in the 3½ years since Chrysler Group LLC was formed, we've invested nearly $4.75 billion in facilities and added nearly 6,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. That investment includes the announcement we made today at our Mack I Engine Plant in Detroit.

Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne was joined by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, UAW  VP General Holiefield and Mack Engine Complex Manager Bob Hollingsworth to provide details on:

  • Mack I Engine Plant: $198 million to produce the Pentastar V-6 engine
  • Mack I Engine Plant: adding up to 250 new jobs at Mack I, subject to market conditions
  • Trenton North Engine Plant: investing an additional $40 million to add a flexible production line that can run both the Pentastar engine and the Tigershark I-4 engine
  • Warren Truck Assembly Plant: adding 1,000 new jobs on a third crew in March 2013 to produce the 2013 Ram 1500
When WTAP starts its third shift, it will be our third plant to add a third crew this year, joining Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill., and Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. JNAP's third crew started Oct. 29.

While we'll later update this post with video from the event, the news release that just went out again emphasizes Marchionne and the company's commitment to and an appreciation for the support taxpayers gave the company in 2009:

"Today is another important milestone in living up to the commitment we made more than three and a half years ago to our employees, this city, this region and our country to transform this company.

"All of these investments are the direct result of a lot of people who have battled courageously to bring Chrysler back to a state of growth. It is our contribution toward helping southeastern Michigan get back on its feet."

Employees at Chrysler Group’s Warren (Mich.) Truck Assembly Plant prepare to marry or bring together the body of a 2013 Ram 1500 with the chassis. A third crew with 1,000 hourly employees is slated to start in March 2013.