Fedor Announces First Jeep Fest To Celebrate Toledo Assembly Complex's Historic Military Contract
Fiat Chrysler, City of Toledo invest in local Jeep plant prior to 75th anniversary celebration
August 12, 2016
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State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) recently announced the upcoming Jeep Fest, a celebration of the Toledo Assembly Complex’s U.S. military contract to produce tough, safe and reliable vehicles for 75years.

Originally built in 1910, the Toledo Assembly Complex is comprised of two factories—Toledo North and Toledo South— that still operate today. The plant owners won a military contract bid in 1941 to produce Jeep automobiles for the United States Military during World War II. For the past 75 years, Toledo has been on the forefront of top-of-line automobile production and has received numerous national achievement awards for it’s world class manufacturing.

“Our community is extremely excited about this additional investment as the city prepares to honor and celebrate Jeep’s rich history of production in Toledo,” said Fedor. “The Toledo Assembly Complex has not only helped to bolster the local economy, but has also been historically instrumental in support of the United States Armed Services and the entire country as a whole.”

Fiat Chrysler also announced last month that it will invest more than $1 billion in assembly plants in Illinois and Ohio that will create a total of 1,000 jobs. Funding for the Toledo facility will provide the company with proper tools and equipment for the production of the next generation Jeep Wrangler, and is expected to create approximately 700 new jobs locally. The city of Toledo also announced it will match up to $825,000 for infrastructure improvements to expand roadways near the plant.

“Toledo has been the face of Jeep for decades, and this investment ensures the cities’ involvement in manufacturing top-of-the-line automobiles for years to come,” said Fedor. “Current employees will now have an opportunity to advance in the industry as new employees are hired to begin training. This is a win-win for our workers, Fiat Chrysler and the entire Toledo community.”

The release of funding will provide new tools and equipment required to help construct the new generation Jeep Wrangler in the Toledo North facility. An announcement about the future of the Toledo South facility is forthcoming.

The community festival will held on Saturday on August 13 and is free and open to the public.

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