03/01/13 Thursday afternoon, Senator Joe Donnelly praised Chrysler Groupâ€™s announcement of a $374 million investment in four north central Indiana plants, a move that will ultimately create 1,250 new jobs.Â Donnelly was central to the 2008-2009 fight to save Chrysler as the automaker moved through restructuring and narrowly avoided liquidation.
â€śThey said this day would never come,â€ť Donnelly said. â€śBut we made the tough choices necessary to save Hoosier jobs, and now Chrysler is stronger in north central Indiana than they were before the auto rescue.â€ť
Chryslerâ€™s $374 million investment is spread across four Indiana plants.Â Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting and Indiana Transmission I will receive a $212 million investment in additional equipment and tooling and will see up to 400 new jobs producing eight- and nine-speed transmissions.Â Further, Chrysler will acquire the former Getrag facility in Tipton, investing $162 million and adding 850 jobs as it prepares to produce a new nine-speed transmission.
â€śI wonâ€™t rest until every Hoosier who wants a job, has a job,â€ť continued Donnelly.Â â€śThe recovery of Chrysler, Kokomo, and our American auto industry has led our national recovery, and the lesson is clear:Â never bet against the American worker.â€ť