Chrysler announced it will hire 200 workers in Toledo, to meet increasing demand for its Jeep Wranglers in Europe and the US.
It’s been several years since Chrysler has been trying to wring more production out of its Toledo plant. Last year the automaker manufactured more than 200,000 Jeep Wrangler vehicles and four-door Wrangler Unlimited vehicles at the Toledo plant, the most in the facility’s history. Now the automaker is adding 200 more employees to meet demand for the Wrangler, and the company said that it still might not be enough.
The fact that the US economy is rebounding has led to the need to increase production, while Fiat’s decision to make Jeep a global brand has led to a boost in exports.
“Marchionne has challenged us to find a way to get more” Wranglers, said Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12. “The whole complex — we are all working together to find a way to get things done.”
The 200-new employees will begin work on April 1st and Chrysler will add 130 employees to relieve assembly line workers when they will go on break, a system called ‘tag relief.’ The company is also adding 70 workers for a third shift at the plant.
“This is the first time we’ve added new hires at Toledo Jeep since 2000,” to build Wranglers, said Dan Henneman, chairman of the Jeep unit for UAW Local 12.