Governor Kasich was in Toledo recently to join Chrysler in announcing 1,100 new jobs. The Toledo Blade has more below about this exciting news:
In what the mayor termed “a blood transfusion” for the city, Chrysler Group LLC on Wednesday announced an expected but still breathtaking investment that will produce 1,100 new jobs and up to four new vehicles for its Toledo Assembly complex.
The complex, which makes Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Liberty as well as Dodge Nitro sport utility vehicles, is to receive $500 million to expand and retool one of its factories to make, in 18 months, a Fiat-based replacement for its Liberty and to pave the way for the plant to make up to four more vehicles.
In many ways, the expansion makes the complex a linchpin to Chrysler’s future. It is preparing to integrate its own technology with that of its owner, Fiat SpA, and make world-designed vehicles that could have more exports than domestic sales — something the automaker has not traditionally done.
Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Chrysler and Fiat, who made the announcement at an event attended by hundreds of workers and several dignitaries, talked about the renowned Jeep brand and Toledo’s storied history with the product.
“The decision we made clearly demonstrates the confidence we have in the Toledo Assembly complex, in its future, and, moreover, in the commitment and quality of work of the people who work here,” he said. “It also reinforces the special relationship between Chrysler and the city of Toledo.”