Chrysler Group has announced that it will be adding 200 new employees at its Ohio Jeep plant responsible for turning out Wrangler by April 1st thanks to increased demand for the rugged SUV. The company noted that production for Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited at the Toledo plant rose to more than 200,000 last year, setting a new record. “Of those, U.S. sales accounted for 141,669 Wranglers, a 16% jump from 2011,” exclaimed Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.
She also stated “130 of the new workers will offer "tag relief" for colleagues who need to take a break from the assembly line.”
There are currently two shifts on the assembly line at the Toledo Wrangler plant, each working about 10 hours. However, Tinson noted that there are “no immediate plans to add a third shift, because the paint shop of the plant is already at capacity, even after adding a third eight-hour shift on April 1.”
Chrysler has two parts of what it calls its Toledo Jeep Complex, one that makes the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, and one that is now shut to prepare for production of the Jeep Cherokee.
The Cherokee is replacing the Jeep Liberty, which was discontinued in August. Production of the Cherokee will begin in late May, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said two weeks ago.