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Chrysler confirms plans to close Kenosha plant

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC has made official its plans to close an engine plant in Kenosha, eliminating about 575 jobs.

The company told the state Friday the plant is slated to close around Oct. 8.

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. Chrysler had said for more than a year it planned to shut down the plant by the end of 2010.

Chrysler has also said it will close a factory in Twinsburg, Ohio. Last week, Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said that workers from the Kenosha and Ohio plants will be offered jobs at a plant in suburban Detroit.

Chrysler’s decision to close the plant was met with anger last year, in part because the company was accepting bailout funds from the government at the time.

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