TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ About 750 jobs will be added at
DaimlerChrysler AG's (NYSE:DCX) assembly plant later this year as
production will begin on the Dodge Nitro sport utility vehicle, the
Chrysler Group said Thursday.
Nearly all the jobs on a new third shift will be filled by
current or laid-off Jeep workers. The shift will begin in third
quarter of this year.
The assembly plant, which opened in 2001, now produces the Jeep
Liberty and Wrangler.
DaimlerChrysler announced in November it planned to make the new
mid-sized SUV at its Jeep assembly plant.
The automaker is investing $600 million US to develop and produce
the Nitro. Part of that will expand and upgrade the plant to produce
the Nitro and Jeep Liberty on one production line. It also will add
robots and conveyors at the plant.
Chrysler plans to launch 10 new models this year, including the
The assembly plant in Toledo has about 2,700 employees.
Opening this summer on the site will be a supplier assembly plant
that will be operated by the Chrysler Group and three suppliers to
make the Wrangler.