Plant has tripled its workforce since 2009.
Refugees from plant closures travel the landscape like nomads.
Allegations in black workers' lawsuit are shocking and detailed.
Report says it will be built alongside the Wrangler pickup.
It's been 75 years since the military awarded a contract to Willys in Toledo, OH to build a vehicle for WWII. This Jeep Wrangler celebrates that milestone.
Jeep is investing a big money in Toledo, where it builds the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler. FCA could nearly double Wrangler production within a few years.
JK Wranglers will be built for up to six months after it successor arrives in showrooms.
Production of the Jeep Wrangler is remaining in Toledo, OH, and it's due to get a pickup version in 2017 or 2018. Cherokee assembly, however, is moving elsewhere.
Toledo, OH is doing all that it can to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler in its boundaries, but the biggest issue facing the plant may be insurmountable, no matter how desperately the city wants to keep the Wrangler local.
Toledo, OH, is still fighting to win the rights to build the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, but the death of its mayor has been a hard blow.
Michael Collins was mayor of Toledo and an advocate for keeping the Jeep Wrangler assembly plant in town until he suffered a heart attack while driving in a snow storm, leading to his death.
Based on what we've seen so far, were Chrysler to move Jeep Wrangler production out of Toledo, the effect would be devastating to the city's morale, which has never been quite the same after it was forced to become part of Ohio following the Toledo War.
Perhaps more than any other vehicle currently for sale in the United States, the Jeep Wrangler is viewed by purist fans as a vehicle that simply must maintain the status quo. In this case, that means a body-on-frame design, solid axles, a relatively large engine sitting up front and a removable top. It's always been that way, and it always will be.
"Fiat Chrysler remains committed to producing vehicles in Toledo and anticipates employment to remain at current levels."
Let's make this very plain – the city of Toledo, OH loves its Jeeps. It loves them so fervently that the very rumor of the Jeep Wrangler moving out of its traditional home prompted the city's mayor, D. Michael Collins, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich to hold a weekend conference call with Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The Jeep Wrangler may be a timeless design, but sooner or later, time will run out and Chrysler will have to replace it with a newer model more friendly towards the earth it's designed to traverse. That will, it seems, mean a shift to aluminum construction (whether just for the body or for the entire structure) – but what will that mean for the Wrangler's long-time home of Toledo, OH?
General Motors will have the largest solar array in the state of Ohio when it completes a rooftop solar-energy system at its Toledo transmission factory in November. The array will deliver 1.8 megawatts of power from 21,000 panels that will supply about three percent of the factory's power use and is equal to the power used by about 200 typical US homes.
In 2011, Chrysler announced a $72-million investment in its Toledo Machining Plant to modernize production of the eight- and nine-speed torque-converters for automatic transmissions made there. That upgrade work won't be finished until Q3 of this year, but Chrysler has already announced a further $19.6-million investment to increase production capacity for the nine-speeders.