The Chrysler Group has declared plans for a serious investment in its Jeep production complex in Toledo, Ohio. According to Automotive News, Chrysler will invest $500 million in the Toledo North Complex, where Jeep and other vehicles are made. Growth of facilities and an additional work shift will be the result.
Toledo to expect more workers
Currently, Chrysler’s Toledo North facility, which is part of the larger Toledo Assembly Complex, can only deal with a single shift of employees. Fox Toledo Online explained that the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro will have increased production. In order to do this, 1,105 hourly and salaried jobs had to added-on by Chrysler.
To accommodate the added staff, the Toledo North Assembly Complex will be expanded by almost 300,000 square feet. Improvements to the on-campus body shop quality lab, paint shop and material handling companies will occur before the end of 2012. In 2013, the new manufacturing shift will start.
Just in time for 2013
Chrysler believes that this change to the Toledo North factory will be just in time. The 2013 Jeep Liberty SUV will be out soon after it is done. DaimlerChrysler released the current Liberty in 2008. It was intended to have Jeep Cherokee in it just a little bit. Cherokee production had ended in 2001 after a 17-year cycle.
The brand new Liberty will be Chrysler’s first vehicle to ride on a Fiat platform, notes Automotive News. There will be eight automobiles that get this platform in North America. It is called a CUSW platform.
In 2006, the Dodge Nitro SUV came out. It was intended to be a version of the Liberty that had been altered.
Chrysler’s $1.7 billion retooling effort
After the UAW contract was redone, Chrysler put $1.7 billion into changing its companies. The Toledo expansion will be one of the first projects done with $500 million.
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