Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

December 14, 2012

Chrysler files for abatement in Kokomo

By Scott Smith
Kokomo Tribune

Kokomo — Chrysler Group LLC officials confirmed Thursday they’ll be asking the Kokomo Common Council for a new tax abatement, adding to news last week that the company is seeking abatements in Tipton County.

Tipton County officials have confirmed Chrysler’s interest in the former Getrag plant, a vacant 800,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, which was built to produce transmissions for the former Chrysler Corp. The facility was never finished.

Kokomo’s council president, Mike Kennedy, D-At Large, said he understands the latest Chrysler request is tied to the Tipton request, but said he hasn’t been given details.

“It goes along with the investment in Tipton County," Kennedy said. “The investment here includes some pretty decent jobs activity.”

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight confirmed the investment will coincide with the plans for Tipton County, but said he wasn’t able to give out more information.

“We were in discussions with Chrysler today, but we’re not to the announcement stage yet,” he said.

As she did with the Tipton County news last Friday, Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson confirmed late Thursday the company was filing for an abatement in Kokomo, but declined to release any additional information.

In Tipton County, Chrysler appears ready to assemble a new, 9-speed transmission at the former Getrag plant.

That would potentially impact Chrysler’s Kokomo operations; as earlier this year, Chrysler officials led a tour of the Indiana Transmission Plant 1, on Kokomo’s north side, where renovation work was under way to install a new production line for 9-speed transmissions.

The Kokomo Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers, City Hall, 100 S. Union St., to consider the abatement request.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.