Chrysler makes big investment for Kokomo YMCA
$500,000 to go toward Kokomo Family YMCA
Last Updated: 114 days ago
KOKOMO, Ind. - A major automaker announced this week it will donate half a million dollars to support a new Kokomo YMCA facility.
Chrysler Group LLC said Thursday it will donate $500,000 toward the Kokomo Family YMCA’s planned 73,000-square-foot facility in downtown Kokomo. Officials say it will offer residents more amenities than the current facility, including a health and wellness center, a double gymnasium, an indoor running track and a lap pool.
“We are passionate about changing our community and leading the way in healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. To continue accomplishing that mission, it became clear we needed a new YMCA facility for Howard County,” Dave Dubois, Executive Director of Kokomo YMCA, said. “Thanks to the generous support of Chrysler Group, we’ll be able to serve more kids after school, provide a gathering place for people from all walks of life to come together, offer seniors a place to stay physically and socially active, and provide a healthy environment for families to spend time together. The entire community can become stronger.”
This isn’t the first boost Indiana’s gotten in 2013 from the automaker. In February, Chrysler Group announced an investment of nearly $374 million to boost its transmission production and add roughly 1,250 new jobs in north-central Indiana, transforming it into the largest transmission installation in the world.
Chrysler Group said overall, the company has invested more than $1.6 billion in Kokomo for production of the eight- and nine-speed transmissions, as well as various other process improvements at all four area facilities: Kokomo Transmission, Kokomo Casting, Indiana Transmission I and Indiana Transmission II.
Chrysler Group employs more than 6,600 people in Kokomo.
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