Chrysler is betting that the Jeep Wrangler will continue its strong sales surge as it continues to push the legendary brand out across the globe. The Auburn Hills automaker is reportedly adding 200 workers at the Toledo, Ohio plant that builds the Wrangler. What's more, those new hires will be at their posts quickly – they'll be on the job by April 1. Of those 200 workers, 130 employees will be there to relieve those who need breaks.

Why do they need so many relief workers? The Toledo Jeep Complex is currently working at a torrid pace with two ten-hour shifts. A third shift has been ruled out for the moment because of a production botttleneck – the plant's paint shop is already maxed out. According to Reuters, Wrangler production in 2012 cleared 200,000 units, and US sales were up by 16 percent.

Another part of the Toledo plant is presently down as Chrysler retools the line to build Jeep's divisively styled Liberty replacement, the Cherokee (seen in our gallery below). Production for the new model is scheduled to begin toward the end of May.


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      luigi.tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would Chrysler be adding jobs to a company owned by FIAT. No different than saying AMC is adding jobs to Jeep factory.
        Xedicon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Chrysler is a company with a parent company, not just a brand - there is a huge difference. Life must be difficult for you in the automotive world as almost any car company is owned by another one of some sort. I for one am very happy to see Chrysler doing well as a whole.
        Will
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Chrysler is not 100% owned by Fiat (i.e. it is a separate entity). Not the same at all. Why is it that know-it-alls rarely know anything these days?
          Sir Duke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Will
          FIAT had better be careful, Chrysler may soon be strong enough to buy them out.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Will
          [blocked]
        GreenN_Gold
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        Oh look, a Chrysler post, and luigi.tony is the first one here, and he talks about FIAT. Shocker.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luigi.tony
        It must be hard living in the shadow of your shorter, older brother, Mario.
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can`t be true, Romney said Jeep moved to China.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @whofan
        And Al Gore said he invented the internet and Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her front door, so what's your point? And oh yeah, Clinton said he once tried marijuana, but didn't inhale. What it all comes down to is that people and politicians say strange things, and the media blows them out of proportion.
      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like the Wrangler, but it's built by Communist Union Thug labor, and I refuse to support these criminals.
      mx5hong
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will those 200 extra people sorely there to make sure the fenders match from side to side?
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I fully expect Jeep sales to surpass 1 million annually in short order, as the brand leads Chrysler to the number two manufacturer of domestics if manufacturing capacity can be created. The new Cherokee is a bold, and I predict, successful decision to place the mid size Cherokee at the forefront of it's market segment just as Grand Cherokee leads it's full size segment. The Wrangler is in a position all to itself as it continues to be marketed in a global Fiat dealer network which will not only increase Wrangler sales but explode Jeep sales of all Jeep products. There will come a day when folks will be shocked that Jeep sold "only" 1 million units a year and that Chrysler was "only" number 3 in domestic sales. Look out world, your Jeeps are coming!
      Xedicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      After seeing the new "Cherokee" I genuinely fear for the future of Jeep's most iconic machine. I love that people are buying this baby up in droves and I hope that fact keeps the ruination of the XJ away from the Wrangler. Obviously the buying public can't get enough of it the way it is - lets hope it stays that way (but with a diesel and a pickup?!?!)
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xedicon
        I may be revealing my pro-Jeep bias here, but I think that the Wrangler is safe from the dullification that the Cherokee fell victim to. The fact that it is being so heavily marketed for its off-road prowess, and that people are embracing it for what it is should keep it relatively safe. From a business standpoint, it wouldn't make much sense to do things to it that would hinder its off-road capability. I like to think of it as being the "Corvette of trucks". That's my .02, and like you, I will keep my fingers crossed. The last thing any Jeep lover wants to see is the Wrangler turn in to the Murano Cabriolet.
        Dixon Ticonderoga
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xedicon
        I would argue that the biggest problem with the return of the XJ is the existence of the 4 door Wrangler. I'm pretty sure it's not going anywhere.
      guyverfanboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, how about them diesel Wranglers?
      sk32086
      • 1 Year Ago
      it is great for the ecomony but we need more good paying jobs like this one
        Joe Schmoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sk32086
        They're out there. Gotta find a union job that fits you and give it a shot. Elsewhere, you're much more apt to be treated like crap/cattle/trash/dirt, etc.
          churchmotor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Schmoe
          Yes, now all Teleny411 has to do is sit around in the parking lot smoking dope and getting drunk on the job.
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