Ohio plant making new Cherokee brings workers back

Friday, September 27, 2013, Vol. 37, No. 39

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Chrysler is bringing back about 500 idled workers faster than expected after temporary layoffs from a northwest Ohio plant that produces the new Jeep Cherokee.

Transmission reprogramming and extra test-driving delayed shipment of the vehicles, and inventory from the Toledo facility had accumulated, so some second-shift workers were idled earlier this week.

The layoffs were originally expected to last about two weeks, but The Blade reports Friday (http://bit.ly/1fLcPpQ) that the company plans to resume building the vehicle in two shifts Monday.

Chrysler spokesperson Jodi Tinson says workers are being brought back earlier thanks to a plan allowing required updates to be made more quickly.

Chrysler says it has built the number of Cherokees it needs to stock dealerships initially once testing is complete.