Jeep Assembly in Toledo Growing, New Prototypes Coming

Date 2005/3/9 0:00:00 | Topic: Facilities

The ongoing expansion at Jeep Assembly in Toledo will soon be bearing fruit
After following the expansion plans and construction of DaimlerChrysler's Toledo, Ohio Jeep Assembly plants for a couple of years now, it appears that we're just a few short months away from seeing some brand spanking new vehicles come out of the brand spanking new factory.

The Toledo Blade has a nice wrapup of the expansion as well as the rumored new vehicles that will be produced. There's not a whole lot of new information in the article (assuming that you've been following our coverage for the past couple of years), but is does cover all the bases. Here's a snippet:

Construction will pick up this month for a $2.1 billion expansion of Toledo Jeep Assembly as DaimlerChrysler AG progresses toward building a Dodge sport-utility vehicle and two versions of a redesigned Jeep Wrangler.

Prototypes of the new SUVs are to be made this year in Toledo and Detroit; production of vehicles for sale is to start next year at the Toledo Jeep complex.

Once completed, the Wrangler's new $900 million operation will be unprecedented in North America, with employees of the automaker and employees of three key suppliers working at the same site making vehicles.

To help make Wranglers, three supplier-run factories are to be constructed next to Toledo North Assembly Plant, where Jeep Libertys are built and where the Dodge will be added. One supplier factory, a paint shop to be run by Haden International Group Inc. of Michigan, is in progress. From nearby I-75, it is the most visible sign of the expansion.


Two-door Wranglers will be built at the new multi-factory plant, which will replace factories at Jeep Parkway and Stickney Avenue, starting in July, 2006, he said. A four-door version is to follow in September, 2006, but those starts could be flip-flopped, he added.

Toledo Jeep workers are bidding on jobs to begin making prototypes of the Dodge and redesigned Wrangler, Mr. Henneman said.

Dodge prototypes will be built at Toledo North on the same line as the Liberty, he explained, and the first Wrangler prototypes will be made in Detroit.

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