Jeep workers return to work after month-long shutdown

By Dick Berry - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The assembly lines are about to fire up again and begin producing vehicles. Toledo Jeep workers will be back on the job Monday, January 26 after more than a month off. Poor sales resulted in a backlog of vehicles, which led to a shutdown on December 22 at all of Jeep plants.

The move affected thousands of people at the machining plants as well local factories producing the Jeep Wrangler, Liberty and Dodge Nitro. Out of 30 locations, Toledo is one of three that had a shutdown of longer than a month. The other two are in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit.

Workers at Chrysler's Toledo machining plant in Perrysburg went back to work last Tuesday.

All this comes on the heels of Chrysler announcing it saw a 30% decline in sales in 2008.