Chrysler Group is investing $52 million in two Michigan plants to boost Tigershark four-cylinder engine capacity.
The investment will create 298 jobs at plants in Trenton and Dundee, the company said today.
The Trenton North plant, which produces the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, will get $11.5 million for a new Tigershark assembly line, while $40.5 million will go to the Dundee Engine Plant to convert a line to machine cranks, heads and blocks to support Tigershark production in Trenton, the automaker said.
The Dundee plant, built in 2004, will continue to assemble the Tigershark and the 1.4-liter FIRE engine and World Gas Engine.
"With the growing demand for our products, we are constantly evaluating how to best meet powertrain production requirements," said Brian Harlow, Chrysler's head of powertrain manufacturing. "In this case, we are fortunate that we had an existing facility that could accommodate the additional capacity needs for Tigershark and one that has the know-how to support that additional production."
Trenton North halted operations in May 2011, but Chrysler Group unveiled plans a month later to invest $114 million to repurpose nearly 400,000 square feet of the plant to make core components for the Pentastar engine that's produced at Trenton South, its sister plant.
In November 2012, the automaker announced another investment of $40 million to add a flexible production line that can handle the Pentastar and Tigershark.
The Dundee plant is owned by Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group that used to be a joint venture of Mitsubishi, Hyundai and DaimlerChrysler.