Brown Calls on Chrysler to Keep Jeep Wrangler Production in Toledo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In support of a proposal by Toledo city leaders, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne urging him to keep Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo.

“Toledo workers are second to none in their knowledge, skill, and work ethic,” Brown wrote. “They take great pride in building stellar vehicles, and have rightly earned recognition as one of North America’s most productive assembly plants. Toledo and Jeep go together, and the community and its workers have shown they are ready to build the next generation Wrangler.” 

The Jeep Wrangler supports more than 1,700 jobs at the Chrysler Assembly Plant alone, and another 800 jobs within five miles of the complex. The Chrysler Assembly Plant – that has been building Jeeps since the 1940s – employs more than 6,000 workers and was twice recognized as the most efficient assembly plant in North America.

Brown has been a longtime advocate for keeping Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo. In October 2014, Brown joined workers, local leaders, and community members at United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 12 to launch a community effort to keep the Jeep Wrangler made in Toledo. That same month, Brown and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) wrote to Marchionne in support of Toledo workers.

The full text of Brown’s letter can be found below:

                                                                                                March 20, 2015

 

Sergio Marchionne

Chairman and CEO

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

1000 Chrysler Drive

Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2766

 

Dear Mr. Marchionne:

City leaders recently delivered to your office a proposal to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler in Toledo.   The proposal represents months of collaboration, creative thinking, hard work, and a significant financial commitment.  It is a testament to how seriously Toledo takes its relationship with Chrysler and how dedicated it is to remaining the home of the Wrangler.

Toledo workers are second to none in their knowledge, skill, and work ethic.  They take great pride in building stellar vehicles, and have rightly earned recognition as one of North America’s most productive assembly plants.

Toledo and Jeep go together, and the community and its workers have shown they are ready to build the next generation Wrangler.  I urge you to keep the Wrangler in Toledo, where it belongs.

 

Sincerely,

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