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State lawmakers push Chrysler executives to keep plant in Kenosha

WASHINGTON (WKOW) - Rep. Gwen Moore says she's still not sure if Chrysler can be persuaded to keep a Kenosha plant open for business.

The Democratic congresswoman, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold met with Chrysler's Deputy CEO in Washington on Thursday.

All Chrysler plants, including the one in Kenosha, temporarily shut down five weeks ago.  About 100 workers will return to the Kenosha plant next week.  By the end of the month, the union expects 416 people to be working there.  Last year at this time, there were about 800 workers at the plant.

The Kenosha facility is scheduled to shut down in October 2010.  Right now, Fiat is leasing the plant from "Old" Chrysler. 

Fiat has first option to buy the plant by July 31st.  Union officials say that would be key in securing the plants future.

Moore says she and her colleagues used the meeting to push Chrysler on the importance of keeping the engine plant open and suggested Chrysler shift operations that may go to a plant in Mexico to Kenosha. 

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