Dana breaks ground on new axle plant; promises 300 new jobs by 2 - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Dana breaks ground on new axle plant; promises 300 new jobs by 2020

Dana officials say the new Toledo facility will create more than 300 jobs by 2020. (Source: WTOL) Dana officials say the new Toledo facility will create more than 300 jobs by 2020. (Source: WTOL)
The plant should be up and running by the end of 2017. (Source: WTOL) The plant should be up and running by the end of 2017. (Source: WTOL)
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) -

Dana broke ground Wednesday morning in central Toledo, the next big step to creating more than 300 manufacturing jobs by 2020.

Jeep was originally made at the Overland Industrial Park and now Dana is ready to start a new tradition that will keep the Jeep Wrangler rolling.

Dana is now ready to move forward, after turning dirt into a 200,000 square foot addition to the 100,000 square foot spec building that went up two years ago. It will be called Toledo Driveline and they will manufacture high-tech axles for the next generation Wrangler.

“It will help the citizens who live in this area to understand that it is an investment of more than just dollars and cents but also of personnel and people,” said Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who also attended the event, added, “This is what Toledo is. It's people pulling together. It's an iconic company like Dana with an iconic brand like the Jeep over the years.”

Dana did not have any specifics yet, but the plant manager promised a good wage to the future workers.

“I think it will be a great place to work and one of the goals is to set the foundation with our fantastic culture to begin with, a teamwork environment and problem-solving mindset, said Jason Johnson.

Dana's axles were on display at the groundbreaking. The Models 30 and 44 will be built at the new plant for the Wrangler. It’s a positive sign for the future, said UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower. “The more things like this that happen, the further it drives that anchor into the ground that we're going to keep Jeep here in Toledo and we're going to build more and more and more,” Baumhower said.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken also believes it comes with a challenge.

“We have until next year to make sure that when workers are interviewing on this site, that they have the skills. That's our job at Lucas County, is skills development," said Gerken.

The plant manager for Dana did not know yet when prospective workers can apply but it will be coordinated by Lucas County, Jobs Ohio, and Ohio Means Jobs.

The plant should be up and running by the end of 2017.

Follow WTOL:  

Download our app here

Copyright 2016 WTOL. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • First Alert Forecast: One more comfortable day

    First Alert Forecast: One more comfortable day

    Afternoon scattered downpours are possible as a cold front moves through on Monday.

    This will be our best chance for rain until nearly next weekend! 

    More >>

    Afternoon scattered downpours are possible as a cold front moves through on Monday.

    This will be our best chance for rain until nearly next weekend! 

    More >>
  • All lanes closed on US 6 in Williams County due to three-vehicle crash

    All lanes closed on US 6 in Williams County due to three-vehicle crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-07-18 21:51:06 GMT
    (Source: RNN)(Source: RNN)
    (Source: RNN)(Source: RNN)

    Troopers say all lanes of travel on US 6 near County Road 23  have been closed due to a three-vehicle and will remain closed for at least two hours.  

    More >>

    Troopers say all lanes of travel on US 6 near County Road 23  have been closed due to a three-vehicle and will remain closed for at least two hours.  

    More >>
  • Sylvania Township breaks TARTA's chance for expansion

    Sylvania Township breaks TARTA's chance for expansion

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:40 PM EDT2018-07-18 21:40:49 GMT
    (TARTA has been hoping to expand service throughout Lucas County, but at a cost. )(TARTA has been hoping to expand service throughout Lucas County, but at a cost. )
    (TARTA has been hoping to expand service throughout Lucas County, but at a cost. )(TARTA has been hoping to expand service throughout Lucas County, but at a cost. )

    Tuesday night, Sylvania Township Board of trustees voted to shut down the proposed sales tax by TARTA, which could possibly have big ramifications here in Lucas County.

    More >>

    Tuesday night, Sylvania Township Board of trustees voted to shut down the proposed sales tax by TARTA, which could possibly have big ramifications here in Lucas County.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly