Toledo Mayor Confident on Jobs After Meeting Marchionne
Specific Production Location of Future Wrangler Remains Unresolved
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor D. Michael Collins, said he was confident of jobs remaining in Toledo, even with the possibility of production of the next-generation Wrangler moving elsewhere, after a face-to-face meeting with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Collins described the meeting as “congenial” but said talks got serious as more specific details were discussed, the Toledo Blade reports.
Collins was accompanied on his trip to Chrysler headquarters with Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Chief-Of-Staff Beth Hansen and JobsOhio Chief Investment Officer John Minor. Marchionne assured the Ohio delegation that job cuts were not on the table, and that Toledo was one of the company’s most productive and important production facilities.
However, Marchionne would not commit to keeping Wrangler production in Toledo, reiterating the challenge and potential cost of upgrading the production facility if it were to transition to an aluminum body. Ohio congressional representatives senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Marcy Kaptur wrote a letter to Marchionne reiterating the symbolic importance of keeping Wrangler production in Toledo, saying that any change in production location for the iconic vehicle would result in “negative consequences throughout the city, the region, and the entire state.”
For most of its more than 70 year history, the Willys MB and its successors, the Jeep CJ and Wrangler, have been built exclusively in Toledo except for a brief period when the YJ Wrangler was built in Brampton, Ontario, from 1986 to 1992.
Source: Toledo Blade