The United Auto Workers union and political leaders will gather Monday as part of an effort to keep Jeep Wrangler production at Chrysler’s Toledo assembly site in Ohio, disclosed the office of United States Sen. Sherrod Brown. He noted that the Wrangler’s “proud legacy is matched only by that of the workers at the Chrysler Assembly.”
He will be joining fellow political leaders Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Mayor D. Michael Collins as well as workers, local leaders and community members at UAW Local 12. The event came after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne remarked earlier this month that the next Wrangler may be underpinned by a unibody platform, feature smaller engines and have an aluminum body – changes that could mean a production shift away from Toledo.
He remarked that if Chrysler pursues an aluminum body for the Wrangler, Toledo would be the wrong place and have the wrong setup to build the model, mainly because it doing so would require a complete reconfiguring that would be cost-prohibitive.
Following his remarks, Marchionne received a letter from Brown and Kaptur asking him to keep Wrangler production and jobs in Toledo. Brown and Kaptur noted in the letter that the Jeep brand has played a critical role in the Toledo’s development and in Chrysler’s resurgence.
They also noted that Toledo workers have been producing Jeeps for over 70 years, adding that they could out-compete others with their knowledge, skills and work ethic.
FCA disclosed that Marchionne recently held a “productive meeting” with Collins, which helped “further the understanding of all parties.” The company emphasized that it is still committed to producing vehicles in Toledo and expects to employ the same level employment as of current.