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Toledo upgrades mean furloughs

by David Zatz on

The Toledo Blade reported that around 3,200 workers will be furloughed, or temporarily laid off, while the $700 million Toledo plant renovation and retooling takes place. The changeover could take up to six months, as one of two Toledo plants switches from making unibody, front-drive-based Cherokees to body-on-frame, rear-drive-based Wranglers.

After the workers are brought back, in waves (as production ramps up), the company expects to hire 700 more people. Disruption should be relatively minor, as they should get most of their normal take-home pay between state and company unemployment insurance and benefits.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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