Wisconsin Urges Chrysler To Keep Engine Plant

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle has met with the head of Chrysler to discuss the possibility of keeping the Kenosha engine plant open.

The governor's office says Doyle went to Michigan on Thursday to meet with Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne.

Doyle's spokesman, Lee Sensenbrenner, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the meeting happened but declined to comment further.

As part of its bankruptcy reorganization, Chrysler said it would close the Kenosha facility in October 2010, ending 800 jobs.

Wisconsin officials have been urging Chrysler to reconsider. The company's bankruptcy plan does not require it to sell the plant.

Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy last month under a new partnership with the Italian automaker Fiat Group SpA.

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