News of May 02, 2001
Chrysler Group Dedicates New Toledo North Assembly Plant and Celebrates Production Launch of all-new Jeep® Liberty
Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Chrysler Group dedicated its Toledo North Assembly Plant (TNAP) today and celebrated the production launch of the all-new Jeep® Liberty produced there.
"Today's event celebrates the opening of this state-of-the art facility, the high quality production launch of the new Jeep Liberty, and the hard work and dedication of the entire Jeep team," said Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler Group President and CEO. "The people, product and plant that we celebrate today are great examples that will ensure the success of this company. Our roots run deep in Toledo, the home of the Jeep. Our partnership with the community and our suppliers, and all the hard work of the launch team helped make today a reality."
Zetsche was joined by Ohio Governor Robert Taft, U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, about 2,000 Toledo Jeep employees and other company, union and community leaders.
During the event Tom Sidlik, Executive Vice President for Procurement and Supply, and General Manager of Jeep Operations for the Chrysler Group, along with hundreds of employees presented Zetsche with the silver "Job One" Jeep Liberty – the first customer-level vehicle to roll off the production line.Zetsche "test drove" the vehicle on a virtual tour that included off-roading at Camp Jeep, a snack break and visits to all 15 Chrysler Group powertrain and component plants that support the Jeep Liberty. After the drive, Zetsche praised the high quality of the vehicle and declared that it was ready for customers. Shipments to dealers will begin this week.
Toledo North Assembly Plant
As DaimlerChrysler's newest assembly plant, TNAP represents the culmination of best practices from the company's worldwide manufacturing operations for lean, flexible, high-quality production.
After building more than 1,200 pre-production vehicles to validate top quality throughout the manufacturing process, the $1billion facility is ramping up production of the all-new 2002 Jeep Liberty ahead of schedule to prepare for a summer market launch.
At full production, TNAP will employ more than 2,100 team members, and has the capacity to produce approximately 800 units per day, or over 200,000 units annually on a two-shift operation. TNAP will produce right and left-hand-drive 2.4-liter, 3.7-liter and 2.5-liter diesel versions of the new Jeep Liberty for more than 90 countries.
"The production launch of the new Jeep Liberty at our new Toledo North Assembly plant has set a benchmark for high quality," said Gary Henson, Chrysler Group Executive Vice President – Manufacturing. "As our newest assembly plant, 'New Toledo' is the culmination of the latest manufacturing best-practices from our operations worldwide, and like all our plants, it is a learning field for innovative processes. We designed the facility to be flexible and lean, and we have 'error-proofed' our processes to ensure top quality. It's also a great example of incorporating new technology from our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz."
See our special report : The Jeep Liberty Plant in ToledoChrysler Group Plants That Support Jeep Liberty
(April 30, 2001)