News that Kenosha's engine plant could be purchased by Italian automaker Fiat, as part of Chrysler's bankruptcy proceeding, has local officials a little more optimistic about keeping some form of work going past next year's originally listed closure date.
Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman says the city is exploring use of federal redevelopment money to perhaps tear down the old foundry building, remediate the site, and generally make it more attractive to Fiat.
Bosman also says he will continue talking with Fiat officials about what Kenosha has to offer. The mayor hopes that the economy will turn around in the next year and a half which will coincide when the scheduled Chrysler production is leaving and Fiat being able to come in.
Kenosha County officials told representatives for Senators Kohl & Feingold, plus Congressman Paul Ryan, to ensure a coordinated strategy for working with Fiat, including contact with the White House.