Toledo’s UAW members gathered before the city’s council in a bid to ask the municipality to set in motion the process of acquiring a land mass that could potentially be used to expand the assembly facility that builds the best-selling Jeep Wrangler.
Back in October, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (the parent company of the Jeep brand) CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the company is now trying to determine where to manufacture the next-generation of the iconic off-roader. According to the executive, the Toledo plant was not suitable for the next Wrangler, as making the future aluminum-intensive model there would be too costly. That sparked a wave of concern in the city, which has historic ties to the model’s assembly dating back to the troubled times of the second World War.
With numerous workers, city officials and plant executives expressing their interest in securing the continued production of the Wrangler model, interestingly enough the rally of about 100 members from UAW Local 12 was not actually about protecting jobs (the company hinted that another model would be made there to replace the Wrangler), but specifically to try and retain that specific model. Toledo’s city council is scheduled to vote next week on a proposition coming from Mayor D. Michael Collins that would see the municipality acquiring 28 acres of land adjacent to the existing Toledo Assembly Complex for $738,000 – according to media reports.
Via Autommotive News