Chrysler is making plans to produce 500,000 Jeeps a year in Toledo.
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is planning to begin construction on Overland Industrial Park in April. The piece of land is where Willys-Overland Motors operated from 1888 to 2006, and home to Toledo Jeep.
"That is the historic home for all of the Jeeps that have been built since the early 1900s," said Matthew Sapara, chief operating officer of the port authority. "Everyone in this community has some type of relationship to that parcel. Either they themselves worked there, or friends or family members worked there."
The piece of land is just two miles west of two Chrysler assembly plants. As the port authority and a private developer plan to build six buildings with a total of 650,000-square-feet of manufacturing space, the time is ideal for Chrysler as it is hiring 200 new workers to build Wranglers and will soon add 1,105 workers to prepare for the launch of the new Jeep Cherokee.
Chrysler also recently announced that the Chrysler 200 will debut early next year. The vehicle will be made available next January, as the automaker has made plans to cut the 2014 200 model year short. Those looking to keep their new cars clean are reminded to install Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats.