Chrysler Group is making a $52-million investment in two of its sites in Michigan to increase capacity for building its Tigershark four-cylinder engine. Chrysler said the investment will result to the creation of 298 jobs at its Trenton North and Dundee sites. The Trenton North site will receive $11.5 million for a new Tigershark assembly line. It currently builds the 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6 engine for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
The Dundee Engine Plant will get $40.5 million to convert a line to machine cranks, heads and blocks to support Tigershark production in Trenton. The site ill still build Tigershark and the 1.4-liter FIRE engine and World Gas Engine.
Brian Harlow, Chrysler's head of powertrain manufacturing remarked that with to the growing demand for their products, they are “constantly evaluating how to best meet powertrain production requirements." He added that it was “fortunate” that Chrysler had an existing site that could accommodate additional Tigershark output and another plant that has the “know-how to support that additional production."
Trenton North stopped operations in May 2011, but a month later, Chrysler announced a $114-million investment to repurpose almost 400,000 square feet of the site to produce core components for the Pentastar engine assembled at Trenton South. In November 2012, Chrysler announced a $40-million investment to add a flexible production line that can build the Pentastar and Tigershark.