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FacilitiesDaimlerChrysler's Jeep Parkway Plant Closing After 95 Years
Posted by mike on 2005/7/26 20:31:29 (1440) reads

The Toledo Blade has a nice article about the legendary Jeep Parkway plant in Toledo, Ohio. The plant is closing next year as production moves to a new factory a few miles away. Here's a snippet:

During World War II it built not only Jeeps but also trailers, 155-mm. shells, aircraft parts, rockets, and other military equipment.

It has survived various owners and labor disputes over the decades. It exported vehicles or parts in so-called kits for production worldwide. It made two civilian Jeep models, the CJ-5 and original Wagoneer, for nearly 30 years each. And churned out nearly 2.9 million Jeep XJ models alone, mostly under the Cherokee name.

Jeep Parkway’s run as the nation’s longest-producing auto factory will come to an end a year from now after DaimlerChrysler AG stops building Jeep Wranglers there and starts production of the redesigned sport-utility vehicle at a $900 million multi-factory plant a few miles away.

Although Chrysler hasn’t announced Jeep Parkway’s ultimate fate, most expect the plant’s remaining buildings to be demolished as others on the site have been through the years.

With Jeep Parkway’s last buildings undoubtedly will go the smokestacks emblazoned with the Overland name, signaling the end of an era.

“It’s been the heart of nearly every family here,” local Jeep historian and retiree Ron Szymanski said of the factory. “They made their lives there. They sent their kids through college so they didn’t have to work there.”

The multi-factory plant being built by Chrysler and three key suppliers is joining the four-year-old Toledo North Assembly Plant next door to replace Jeep Parkway.

Next year those plants will produce not only the redesigned Wrangler and Jeep Liberty, for which Toledo North was built, but also a four-door version of the Wrangler and a Dodge SUV off the Liberty platform believed to be modeled on the Nitro concept.
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Posted: 2006/1/13 0:02  Updated: 2006/1/13 0:02
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sad indeed they should turn it into a jeep museuum or something

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Posted: 2005/7/27 19:04  Updated: 2005/7/27 19:04
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I like the museum idea. That's certainly not a new concept. Somewhere in Ohio there's also the Packard museum. My dad has an old 1949 Super 8 he's driven out there twice for some special event. I couldn't think of a better place for a jeep museum than in Toledo. Of course there are many out there who already know a lot about jeep's heritage, but a museum would help keep it that way.
That's not to say that "OnlyOneJeep" doesn't do a good job of keeping jeep heritage fresh in our minds.

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Posted: 2005/7/26 23:08  Updated: 2005/7/26 23:08
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I agree that the plant should be made into a National Jeep Museum. The museum should trace the history from pre-Jeep beginnings as Willys straight through the Commander and beyond. It would be a great way to save history for the next generation.

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Posted: 2005/7/26 21:18  Updated: 2005/7/26 21:22
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It's unfortunate that most of our Automotive History as far as the original Auto Plants have been demolished or are soon to be. Oldsmobile, Buick, and now Jeep, not to mention others. The winds of change never stop blowing. I would have hoped to see the Jeep/Toledo plant become a destination for all of us in the Jeep family. Sort of like what Spring Hill is to Saturn owners and Bowling Green to Corvette owners and even Auburn/Cord. Maybe if enough of us make our thoughts known we could make it happen. A nice Jeeping World Musuem with the full history of its' storied past along with vintage Jeeps and of course the Ultimate Jeep Trail experience! Oh, well maybe just a pipe dream....but at least MY YJ came from there...and IS part of the "old school Jeep" and I'm happy I own it...a piece of history now.
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