TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Previous talk of Toledo Wrangler expansion
"There have been no talks at all about ever replacing the Wrangler in the Toledo area," said Denny Amrhein at Grogan's Towne Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. "I'm just praying like heck that it's just talk."
In January of 2014, Marchionne told media at the Detroit Auto Show that Chrysler was looking at expanding the Toledo Wrangler plant to boost production without shifting production out of Toledo.
"We're looking for ways to increase output of that plant, because one of the commitments we've made is never to produce the Wrangler outside of Toledo," he said.
At the same time, the Chrysler CEO said decisions would be made this year regarding updating the Wrangler.
"We got to take some weight out and second, we have to improve its powertrain capabilities," Marchionne said.
Just days later, Marchionne said a new Wrangler plant in Toledo was also a possibility. Port Authority President Paul Toth said the former Jeep Parkway site was primed for the possibility of a new facility.
"The redevelopment of the old Jeep site, I think, is critical to make sure we are in place to take advantage of positive momentum going on in the auto industry, and especially the Jeep brand," Toth said at the time.
In May of 2013, the one millionth Wrangler JK rolled off the production line in Toledo. Workers at the plant were proud and excited for the achievement. They said they were looking forward to building a million more Wranglers.
"They work endless hours to build that car," said Dan Henneman, chief unit chairman of UAW Local 12. "A lot of quality goes into it, a lot of craftsmanship. We couldn't be happier or more proud of what's going on here in Toledo."