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FacilitiesBig Toledo expansion coming
Posted by nashman on 2011/11/9 14:56:00 (1704) reads

According to the Toledo Blade a big expansion is coming to the Toledo plant with the possible manufacturing of seven different vehicles. More information hopefully will be forth coming November 16. The expansion might allow for a pickup to be built when the next generation Wrangler is introduced?

The long-awaited announcement, key details of which have been reported since August by The Blade, is expected to include $357 million in investment, adding 1,105 jobs, and an $8 million expansion at the complex’s factory which now makes Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro vehicles.

...snip...

Analysts associated with the Chrysler-centric Web site Allpar.com have said six or more vehicles could be made at Toledo Assembly: two-door and four-door Wrangler models, a new Jeep Liberty, a Chrysler-badged crossover, a Lancia-badged version of the same vehicle for export, and a new Alfa Romeo SUV.

If the complex were to make a possible capacity of 482,000 units a year, it would become the biggest U.S. auto assembly plant.



FacilitiesOne Manager, Two Plants in Toledo
Posted by nashman on 2010/4/15 8:10:20 (1358) reads

The Toledo Blade is reporting that Mauro Pino is the new head of both Chrysler assembly plants in Toledo, Ohio:

Mauro Pino, who for three years has been director of the Termini Imerese Facility of Italian automaker and Chrysler partner Fiat SpA, spent his first day on the job in Toledo Monday.

Mr. Pino's appointment is the first time Chrysler has put one person in charge of both the Toledo North Assembly Plant, which makes the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro, and the Wrangler plant. Previously, the two plants at the Toledo Assembly complex had different managers.


FacilitiesIf Popular Mechanics Ran Chrysler
Posted by mike on 2009/5/27 10:38:00 (2012) reads

The fine folks over at Popular Mechanics recently published an article about which Chrysler cars they would ditch and which ones they'd keep if they were in charge.

I won't spoil everything for you, but they do want to get rid of the Jeep Patriot - which would probably be their most controversial decision (no tears for the Nitro).




FacilitiesItalians Taking Over in Auburn Hills
Posted by mike on 2009/5/26 10:25:00 (1158) reads

With the upcoming finalization of the deal between Fiat and Chrysler, Auburn Hills has been getting an influx of Italians in preparation for the new company. From the Detroit Free Press:

It also ushers in a new era of Italian leadership at the Auburn Hills automaker.

Fiat Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, who has said he would be Chrysler's next chief executive officer, already has been hard at work shaping the new Chrysler, from accelerating settlement of labor agreements to tweaking designs of new vehicles.

So, Chrysler workers, who were led by German officials from Daimler for much of the past decade, will now have to make another cultural adjustment.

"Should Chrysler people expect to see a large number of Fiat executives taking over?" asked Pierluigi Bellini, who has studied Fiat closely for IHS Global Insight in Milan. "Maybe not many of them, but they will be in critical positions to determine new solutions."

An interesting tidbit in the article showed that Chrysler has only 2 profitable vehicles: the Jeep Wrangler and the Dodge Viper. With the Dodge Viper being (really) low volume, it's safe to say that there's only one (pun intended).

For the existing employees' sake, let's hope that in addition to the new Italian management and workers, Fiat brings over a chef or two for the employee cafeteria! Hello gnocchi and Tiramisu, goodbye jagdwurst!


FacilitiesChrysler Closing One-Quarter of All Dealerships
Posted by mike on 2009/5/14 13:26:25 (1409) reads

Breaking news from CNN (and everywhere else):

Chrysler LLC will close down 789 dealerships, or roughly 25% of the current number, according to a plan filed in bankruptcy court Thursday.

Chrysler had a total of 3,181 authorized dealers in operation at the time of its April 30 bankruptcy court filing, according to court filings. Just over half of that number accounted for more than 90% of Chrysler sales, according to the filing.

The dealers being shut down represent 14% of Chrysler's total sales, the carmaker said.

Also - from Chrysler's press release on the matter:
Chrysler plans to maintain "business as usual" with all of its dealers through the transition. The Company intends to honor warranty and incentive payments during the period that rejected dealers remain active. Chrysler is committed to working with these dealers to ensure a positive relationship with customers. To ease the burden on dealers whose agreements have not been assumed, Chrysler will work to assist in the redistribution of new vehicles and parts to the remaining dealer network.


FacilitiesChrysler to Outsource Jeep Production to India
Posted by mike on 2008/10/16 22:20:32 (1242) reads

In one of the more "out there" rumors we've seen lately, the usually reliable CarScoop is reporting that Chrysler is in negotiations to manufacture Jeeps in India.

...this story has been officially confirmed by the head of corporate communications for Argentum Motors, Colonel Bhagwati Prasad Suman.

Suman told Just-Auto that Argentum Motors is currently in negotiations with the Chrysler Group about an outsourced manufacturing deal adding that the Indian firm is busy retooling its plant to assemble larger vehicles.

"Right now the work is going on to augment the assembly lines which were made to manufacture small cars," said Suman. "Soon they would be big enough to handle an SUV."

While Chrysler has yet to issue any official word about this, it seems dubious, at best. Perhaps the discussions are for Jeep manufacturing for overseas markets?


FacilitiesPrevious Jeep Factory Property Still Up for Sale
Posted by mike on 2008/4/17 15:36:00 (2917) reads

Have a few million dollars lying around? Like the Toledo, Ohio area? Then have we got the property for you. Seems that Chrysler hasn't been able to move the old Jeep factory property in the year or so that it's been on sale.

From The Toledo Blade:

"It's still on the market. We're still actively marketing it, and we'll entertain all offers," said Katie Hepler, a spokesman for Chrysler LLC, which owns the land. The asking price is $60,000 an acre for the whole parcel or $80,000 an acre if it is split up, according to commercial real estate experts.

The former factory produced its last Jeep Wrangler at the end of June, 2006. Over its nine decades of service, it produced an estimated 11 million vehicles, including tens of thousands of Jeeps for the U.S. military during World War II.


FacilitiesChrysler Cutting 12,000 Jobs, All Jeep Assembly Plants Affected
Posted by mike on 2007/11/7 7:46:08 (1951) reads

Chrysler, LLC has announced that they will be eliminating 12,000 jobs over the next 14 months, including shifts at all three assembly plants that produce Jeep vehicles.

"I think we just got sold out by our leadership," said Edward Mendrysa, 56, of Southgate, who for the past 13 years has worked on the door line at the Jefferson North plant in Detroit. The plant, which makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Commander sport utility vehicles, is one of five that will have a shift eliminated under the plan.

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In addition to Jefferson North, shifts will be cut at vehicle assembly plants in Belvidere, Ill.; Toledo, Ohio; Brampton, Ontario; and Sterling Heights in suburban Detroit. About 200 jobs will be cut at the company's Mack Avenue engine plant in Detroit. Around 5,000 workers will be cut due to the shift eliminations; other cuts will be made throughout the system.

Check out the full article at The Miami Herald.


FacilitiesChrysler to Commemorate Jeep History at Former Toledo Parkway Facility
Posted by mike on 2007/6/15 4:47:00 (3554) reads

We just got a press release from Chrysler Group regarding an upcoming media event at the site of the former Jeep assembly facility.

- Chrysler Group to announce future of the smokestacks on the Parkway site

- Plant was oldest manufacturing facility in North America, including 64
years of manufacturing Jeep products

- Operations moved to the $2.1 billion state-of-the-art Toledo Supplier
Park in 2006

After a proud 96 year history and the production of more than 11 million vehicles, demolition of the former Jeep Parkway site is almost complete. Please join us at an event to celebrate the history of the facility and to discuss the future of the site.

When: Monday, June 18 - 10:00 a.m.

Photo Opportunities:
- 1945 Jeep vehicle
- 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
- Final chance to capture the three smokestacks together against Toledo skyline

The press release reads like those smokestacks might be coming down...


FacilitiesOriginal Jeep Factory Property For Sale
Posted by ScramblerKen on 2007/4/13 8:36:36 (2255) reads

The Toledo Blade has an article regarding the old site of the beloved Wrangler and Cherokee is for sale. For a small $6.7 to $8.9M, you can own this historic land . Sadly most of the original buildings are all but gone.

From the article, "Considered by some as the birthplace of the sport-utility vehicle, the former site of the Toledo Jeep assembly plant is for sale.

"DaimlerChrysler AG has listed the 111-acre site at Central Avenue and North Cove Boulevard in North Toledo with the Southfield, Mich., office of Equis Corp., which specializes in corporate real estate transactions.

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"Demolition of a massive factory complex dating from 1910 is nearly complete. Smokestacks marking the plant as onetime home of early 20th century automotive giant Willys-Overland are among the last structures standing.

"Before the factory was leveled, it produced military Jeeps in World War II and in 1983 launched the Jeep Cherokee, an SUV which some consider the first entry in a vehicle category that attained huge popularity in the 1990s.

"A sales brochure for the property that Equis distributed in recent days to brokers, developers, and others says that the "site will be leveled to the foundation."

"It describes the parcel's "visibility from I-75" and calls it a "prime development site."


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