TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Last week's comment by Chrysler's CEO, that Jeep Wrangler production may be taken out of Toledo, outraged many workers and leaders. City council members say the city and UAW has and will continue to do everything in their power to keep Jeep in Toledo.
Councilman Tom Waniewski says the comment on Thursday was upsetting and anger is the first thing that came to mind when thinking about the production of the Jeep Wrangler leaving Toledo.
"Why would you send such a profitable commodity with such a wonderful workforce somewhere else?" said Waniewski.
He says he understands it is a business decision that includes delicate negotiating but he feels the city and Local UAW has proved their dedication and commitment to Chrysler.
"If you're going to expand the Wrangler production or do something different, we want it here in Toledo," said Waniewski. "It's the home of Jeep, the UAW has put forth the efforts and bent over backwards to help the company. The city has bent over backwards to help the company and we hope the company's listening to us."
Council Waniewski says the city has already taken steps to keep Jeep here by bidding on land that would allow a Jeep plant expansion.
Councilwoman Sandy Spang says she is confident dialogue will be the key when it comes to keeping the Wrangler in Toledo.
"I'm pleased that dialogue has already begun between the city and Chrysler so quickly after the announcement," said Spang. "We need to understand the challenges that Chrysler is facing and the possible role that we can play in helping them to solve those challenges."
According to a local elected official, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will meet Thursday afternoon in Auburn Hills to discuss the future of the Jeep Wrangler.