Jeep hiring 1,000 in Toledo to match demand

March 17th, 2014 by

Workers assembling another Jeep

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been quite popular with consumers, with good reason, but it has been making factory workers quite tired. In light of this, our favorite automaker has decided to hire up to 1,000 part-time, temporary employees at its Toledo Assembly Complex where the CUV and Wrangler are built. That way, Jeep production can keep moving with the increasing demand, while laborers can catch a little bit of a break.

The hours can get pretty hectic, as plant manager Chuck Padden. Padden notes that full-time workers are regularly taking on 60 hours a week, and despite their willingness to do so, it is beginning to wear on them. “To get them more time off is important to us, to make sure they’re refreshed, and can work safely,” Padden said in reference to the hiring of temporary employees. Chrysler has actually already hired 380 temporary, part-time workers for the plant, with 50 having been converted to full-time employees.

As of right now, the company is still in the process of interviewing the rest of the new hires now, and it plans on having all 1,000 in place by the summer. These workers will be putting in somewhere between 10 and 30 hours a week (mostly on weekends) for $15.78 per hour with limited benefits. Jodi Tinson, Chrysler spokesperson for manufacturing and labor communications, said that the positions will continue “as long as demand continues for the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Cherokee.” These new workers will allow for Wrangler production on Saturdays, and for the Cherokee to continue ramping up production. Their goal now will be to build 2,000 vehicles a day at the Toledo plant, which is about 170 more than now. Eventually, they hope to export about 15 percent of the new crossovers to overseas markets.

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