US: Toledo could win Wrangler production, says union official image

According to Bruce Baumhower, president of UAW Local 12 in Toledo, FCA US will most likely have a final decision on the upcoming location to produce the next generation Jeep Wrangler.

The leader of the UAW local branch in Toledo also added that the upcoming new generation of the iconic all-wheel drive model “is ours to lose,” and that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is getting closer to making a decision on where to build it. The current Wrangler is being manufactured in Toledo, its production home since its inception as the civilian version of the Jeep model that was used during World War II. FCA chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne last year said the next generation could be moved to another production location because Toledo was too expensive to retool for the upcoming aluminum-bodied model. That sparked a public bid to retain the model in Toledo.

Now, development officials for the city and the state of Ohio have come up with an ultimate proposal that seeks to convince the third largest US carmaker to retain the next-generation Wrangler in Toledo. “I think” everybody “have put together a very attractive package that answers all of Sergio’s concerns,” commented UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower. The plan has FCA US easily buying up to 100 acres of land next to the current Jeep factory and the additional plot would bring for the automaker the necessary space to lift yearly production at the site from today’s 240,000 units to 350,000 Wranglers – also helping the automaker mitigate the expensive down time needed for new model changeovers.