The state’s governor, John Kasich, recently said the officials were fighting to convince Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the best production site for the upcoming new generation Jeep Wrangler is his traditional Toldeo home.
The Governor said that although his views are in stark contrast to what he sees as “corporate welfare,” when it comes to the Jeep Wrangler – which has been produced in Toledo since its inception – he and his state will do everything to ensure the model’s production there. “When it comes to Toledo, it’s critical for us, the Jeep is critical for us and the opportunity for perhaps for more employment than we have is great,” commented the official in a speech in Detroit. “We are doing everything we can, we are being as creative as we can.” Kasich added that he is generally against providing additional subsidies to companies that threaten to leave the state and the incentives will only be awarded if the state’s economy will prevail.
He was on site at the Detroit Economic Club at Cobo Center and said he is not scheduled to meet with the carmaker, though the Ohio governor, who may run for president, toured downtown Detroit. Both the state of Ohio and the city of Toldeo have been hard at work since last fall to keep the production of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler there. Chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne initiated a storm after announcing the third largest US automaker might move the production of the iconic sport utility vehicle at another facility, claiming Toledo’s upgrade to produce the aluminum-bodied new generation could be too costly.