Relocation of Jeep Cherokee production prompts layoffs, closure

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Auto suppliers in Northwest Ohio are announcing layoffs and closures, as Fiat-Chrysler prepares to move Jeep Cherokee (FCA) production from Toledo.

According to documents filed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Toledo Molding and Die will close its facility on Matzinger Rd.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice reads, "Based on FCA's latest production schedule, the reduction in force related to the Matzinger plant's closing is expected to take place between April 7 and April 15, 2017." The company says if circumstances should change, those anticipates layoffs could be delayed.

The closure will permanently eliminate approximately 30 positions with the company. That means around 30 people will lose their jobs when the plant closes.

Toledo Molding and Die says all workers impacted by the closure have been notified.

Piston Automotive also announced it is laying off 52 people from it's Alexis Rd. facility. The company says that move is also related to production of the Jeep Cherokee moving out of Toledo.

The layoffs there are expected to take place on April 7. The company says it expects to ramp up production in its Jeep Wrangler program in November.

The company produces front and read axle brakes, assembles the center console and sequences door panels and frames for the Jeep Wrangler.

Piston Automotive says, "As FCA ramps up production of the Jeep Wrangler, we anticipate being able to recall the laid-off employees."

A third company, DHL Supply Chain (formally Exel), also announced it is temporarily laying off 277 employees. The date for the scheduled stoppage is April 7.

A company spokesperson tells 13abc the layoffs are a direct result of Fiat-Chrysler moving Jeep Cherokee production out of Toledo.

The cuts at DHL Supply Chain impact a total of 277 workers from the United Auto Workers and Teamsters unions.

A company spokesperson says all workers should return to the job seven months after the layoff date. The plant is not expected to permanently close.