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Chrysler Hires 204 Workers for Indiana Transmission Plant

Chrysler Group LLC has hired 204 workers at a new factory in Tipton, Indiana, to make transmissions for its popular Jeep Cherokee sport-utility vehicle and Chrysler 200 sedan, about a quarter of the total hires planned for the facility.

The factory will employ 600 workers by the end of the year and 850 a year later, the company said. The automaker, fully acquired by Fiat SpA in January, spent $162 million to outfit the 782,000 square-foot (72,650 square meters) facility to build nine-speed transmissions, which improve highway fuel efficiency. The company is using the parts in its new Cherokee and 200.