Chrysler, UAW agree on new contract

The new four-year contract, which still must be ratified by workers, would create 2,100 jobs. Chrysler also agreed to invest $4.5 billion in its plants under the deal. Last year, the automaker announced plans to spend nearly $1.3 billion to update its facilities in Kokomo.

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Auto industry bailout pulls Kokomo back from brink

Kokomo's fortunes have been entwined with the auto industry since 1894, when Elwood Haynes invented one of the first automobiles in the United States there. Since the 1930s, when then-Delco (later Delphi) located there, followed by General Motors and Chrysler, the auto industry has been the town's bread and butter.

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