Chrysler Suspends Cherokee Production at Toledo, Lays Off 500 Workers image

Chrysler recently announced it has suspended production of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and temporarily laid off 500 employees at the Toledo plant, Ohio.

The US automaker said it has decided to halt production of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the Toledo North facility, as it has manufactured enough units to satisfy demand once they reach dealerships. The automaker said that the layoffs will last for two weeks.

“We will temporarily idle the second shift so as not to put additional strain on our logistics partners,” Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in an emailed statement.

The 2014 Cherokee is expected to hit dealerships by the end of this month. The automaker has previously set the launch date for August, but the deadline was missed due to some calibration problems with the vehicle’s new nine-speed transmission.

Chrysler started manufacturing the 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the end of June and on August 19th it has added a second shift, hiring 1,100 workers at the plant. The US automaker laid off 500 employees and other 600 have been temporarily reassigned to other jobs in the Toledo Assembly Complex, which also builds the Jeep Wrangler.

Source: Reuters