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Chrysler to expand in Toledo

by Bill Cawthon on

In today’s Toledo Blade, business writer Larry Vellequete reports that Chrysler has filed an application for a new air pollution permit with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in what looks to be an indication the automaker plans to significantly expand the Toledo Assembly complex that currently assembles the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro.

The application would cover 2013 model year vehicles and asks for an air pollution allowance that would permit production of up to 327,000 vehicles, a dramatic increase over the 91,973 vehicles built in 2010.

Chrysler and Ohio state and local officials declined specific comments on the application other than noting that it had been filed.

To learn more, read Larry’s article in today’s Toledo Blade.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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