Chrysler to boost stake in Kokomo
Eight-speed transmission plant planned as company expands investment
Freep.com is reporting Chrysler is making an additional investment in its Kokomo, IN transmission plant. The automaker plans to build an eight-speed transmission at their plant, adding an $85 million investment to the $1.2 million Chrysler will spend in Kokomo to build a front-wheel drive transmission.
Chrysler will receive a tax abatement, approved this week by the Kokomo City Council, on the investment for that part of the facility, according to the report.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.