Chrysler Group Dedicates New Toledo North Assembly Plant and Celebrates Production Launch of All-New Jeep(R) Liberty

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Chrysler Group

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. and TOLEDO, Ohio, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The
 Chrysler Group dedicated its Toledo North Assembly Plant (TNAP) today and
 celebrated the production launch of the all-new Jeep(R) 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 $1 billion 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."
 
     Chrysler Group Plants That Support Jeep Liberty
 
      Plant                  Location            Products for Jeep Liberty
 
      Dayton Thermal         Dayton, Ohio        HVAC systems
 
      Detroit Axle           Detroit, Mich.      Rear axle
 
      Etobicoke Casting      Etobicoke, Ontario  Pistons for the 3.7-liter
                                                 engine; die cast cases,
                                                 adapters, dust covers and
                                                 housings
 
     Huntsville Electronics  Huntsville, Ala.    Body controllers
 
     Indiana Transmission    Kokomo, Ind.        45RFE transmission
 
     Indianapolis Foundry    Indianapolis, Ind.  3.7-liter engine block
 
     Kokomo Casting          Kokomo, Ind.        Pistons, valve bodies,
                                                 transfer plate, piston
                                                 accumulator, transmission case
 
     Mack Avenue Engine      Detroit, Mich.      3.7-liter engine
 
     McGraw Glass            Detroit, Mich.      Windshield, front and rear
                                                 door glass
 
     New Castle Machining    New Castle, Ind.    Front knuckle assembly, shock
                                                 clevis, front lower control
                                                 arm, 3.7-liter exhaust
                                                 manifold
 
     New Venture Gear        Syracuse, N.Y.      Transfer cases
 
     Sterling Stamping       Sterling Heights,   Floor pan and all exterior
                             Mich.               stampings except for roof
 
     Twinsburg Stamping      Twinsburg, Ohio     Roof stampings
 
     Toledo Machining        Toledo, Ohio        Torque converters and steering
                                                 columns
 
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    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. and TOLEDO, Ohio, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The
 Chrysler Group dedicated its Toledo North Assembly Plant (TNAP) today and
 celebrated the production launch of the all-new Jeep(R) 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 $1 billion 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."
 
     Chrysler Group Plants That Support Jeep Liberty
 
      Plant                  Location            Products for Jeep Liberty
 
      Dayton Thermal         Dayton, Ohio        HVAC systems
 
      Detroit Axle           Detroit, Mich.      Rear axle
 
      Etobicoke Casting      Etobicoke, Ontario  Pistons for the 3.7-liter
                                                 engine; die cast cases,
                                                 adapters, dust covers and
                                                 housings
 
     Huntsville Electronics  Huntsville, Ala.    Body controllers
 
     Indiana Transmission    Kokomo, Ind.        45RFE transmission
 
     Indianapolis Foundry    Indianapolis, Ind.  3.7-liter engine block
 
     Kokomo Casting          Kokomo, Ind.        Pistons, valve bodies,
                                                 transfer plate, piston
                                                 accumulator, transmission case
 
     Mack Avenue Engine      Detroit, Mich.      3.7-liter engine
 
     McGraw Glass            Detroit, Mich.      Windshield, front and rear
                                                 door glass
 
     New Castle Machining    New Castle, Ind.    Front knuckle assembly, shock
                                                 clevis, front lower control
                                                 arm, 3.7-liter exhaust
                                                 manifold
 
     New Venture Gear        Syracuse, N.Y.      Transfer cases
 
     Sterling Stamping       Sterling Heights,   Floor pan and all exterior
                             Mich.               stampings except for roof
 
     Twinsburg Stamping      Twinsburg, Ohio     Roof stampings
 
     Toledo Machining        Toledo, Ohio        Torque converters and steering
                                                 columns
 
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