Majority of Jeep production takes place in Toledo, Ohio, US. The production is done under the ownership of Chrysler. In 2012, Chrysler invested $ 500 million in Toledo plant for production of current gen newer Jeeps. With that sought of investment around 1100 more jobs were created. Because the all-new Jeep Cherokee differs significantly from its predecessor, the plant had to make a number of changes in the build process to accommodate the new vehicle architecture. The most visible change is the addition of a 252,000 square-foot building expansion to the existing body shop.
Chrysler-Fiat partnership has given Jeep World Class Manufacturing (WCM), which is been used by all Fiat-Chrysler family brands. WCM is production system developed by Fiat Group to improve its production facilities around the world. Jeep is benefiting from this production system after adopting it in Toledo plant in 2010. WCM includes reduction of ergonomics risks to workers, inventory reduction, material delivered to point of use, reduction in operator walk time, easy inspection, improved work condition etc. WCM is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants.
The newer models Cherokee is selling well in the US. Jeep is expected to reach 1 million sales worldwide by 2015. So, Jeep’s Toledo plant is ready for that kind of production capacity. Jeep Grand Cherokee is manufactured in Chrysler’s Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit. Grand Cherokee is made there since its opened in 1992 and is now 3,000,000 sq. ft. facility. In August 2013, the Jefferson North Assembly Plant produced its 5,000,000th vehicle, which was 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In July 2012, the Toledo facility received the bronze designation 27 months after adopting the WCM operating system, earning a score of 52. Jeep is further looking to modernize the plant and implement autonomous and professional maintenance pillars. The Fiat-Chrysler partnership has made the Toledo plant more flexible through WCM. It provides the flexibility to build different vehicle architectures on the same line.
The Story of Jeep By Patrick Foster