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Chrysler admits communication on Kenosha plant was lacking

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Chrysler admits it could have communicated better.

But now, the firm promises to work with Kenosha and other communities involved in the auto-maker's restructuring.

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The union chief at the Kenosha engine factory said nobody ever told him the plant would close in 2010.

The 800 workers there found out like the rest of us did when the company buried it in a bankruptcy court filing late last week.

Congressman Paul Ryan of Janesville said Chrysler apologized to him.

The company said it envisioned the closings of Kenosha and seven other plants in February, when it submitted a viability plan.

But Chrysler said it could not make those intentions public while it was negotiating an alliance with the Italian auto-maker Fiat.

Ryan said Chrysler was singing a different tune as recently as last week, when it assured him that a Kenosha shutdown would not be likely.

Chrysler's statement Wednesday did not address concerns by workers and state officials that the company was shipping Wisconsin jobs to Mexico where Chrysler plans to add an engine plant.

John Drew, a regional rep for the United Auto Workers, said Chrysler failed to mention it was using Americans' tax dollars to export those jobs.

Chrysler would only say the restructuring was necessary for the company to survive.

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