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Jeep drives in more jobs

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One of the companies helping drive down the local unemployment rate is Jeep. In fact, the Toledo Assembly Complex is in the middle of adding about 1,000 temporary, part time workers to the ranks. About half of the part time workers are already on the job, the other 500 will be brought on by the end of June. 

Toledo Assembly Complex Manager Chuck Padden says in just the last five years Chrysler has hired about 2,500 new workers at the Toledo Assembly Complex, "Since 2009 we've gone from about 1,760 employees to over 4,200 permanent employees right now. And we're still on a roll." By this summer Padden says that number will be about 5,000 with the addition of the part time workers that are now being brought in.

With part time workers on the lines, the full time employees can now decide if they want to work 40, 50 or 60 hours a week. The program was a joint effort of management and union leadership. Mark Epley is the Jeep Unit Chair for UAW Local 12,"The 40-60 plan was set up to give the workers a break because they are on the job 10 hours a day, six days a week and they can even volunteer for seven days. We are working well with management and they are working well with us. We certainly have our differences but we both want to do what is best for the membership and the product we build."

Padden says they have also found new ways to build more Wranglers as the iconic Toledo built workhorse continues to shatter sales records, "We are working almost every Sunday at least one shift on the Wrangler lines as long as the parts are available. Combine the extra shift with speeding up the production lines a bit we and are able to produce more Wranglers." And like the Wrangler, the Toledo built Cherokee is being sold all over the world, "About 25% of the build right now on the Cherokee side is export and about 12% of them are diesels." 

Toledo has been the home of Jeep for more than 70 years and company leaders say it's important to point out the bulk of the employees call the Toledo area home too, "You can't write the history of Toledo without talking about Jeep and you can't talk about the future of Jeep without talking about Toledo. Two-thirds of the people we've hired since 2009 are from Northwest Ohio and we plan to continue supporting that local hiring."

Chrysler already has a bank of applications for the temporary, part time jobs and the automaker will hire the remainder of workers from that pool. So there are no openings right now but that can change.

You can check chryslercareers.com for the latest openings.

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