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Chrysler adding jobs in Toledo

by Bill Cawthon on

Writing in Automotive News, Larry Vellequette reported that Chrysler will be beefing up its headcount at the Toledo Assembly Complex. Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, said the company has been examining ways to increase production of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

Bigland was speaking at a media event at Chrysler’s Chelsea, Michigan proving grounds when he said the new hires will be assigned to the Wrangler plant’s body shop in the fourth quarter. Bigland did not go into detail about Chrysler’s production goals or the number of jobs to be created but noted the Wrangler is on track to post its best month ever when figures are released next week.

In addition to the employment expansion in Toledo, Bigland said Chrysler is looking at adding a third shift at the Warren truck plant but again declined to give specifics.

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, 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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