Chrysler plans to add more than 1200 jobs at Indiana factories

New facility would employ up to 850 workers alone.

December 18, 2012
by The Canadian Press

KOKOMO, Ind.—Chrysler Group has plans to add 400 jobs at three existing central Indiana factories while also starting up a new plant nearby that would employ up to 850 workers.

The Kokomo City Council voted Monday night to approve property tax breaks requested by Chrysler for $212 million in new equipment for its factories in the city. Tipton County officials also endorsed a similar request on Chrysler’s $162 million plans to complete a vacant factory along US 31.

The Kokomo Tribune reports Chrysler vice-president Brian Harlow says the projects are planned because its Kokomo transmission plants have reached production capacity.

The company isn’t giving specifics on the projects, saying final decisions haven’t been made.

Chrysler’s request to Kokomo officials says the investment will help retain 3,400 jobs in the city.

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