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Unprecedented Training Prepares Workers to Build New Wrangler

As Jeep gets ready to ramp up production for the all new 2018 Wrangler, the company took some time to put employees of the Toledo Assembly Complex through a comprehensive training program that focused on eliminating waste, expanding employee knowledge and improving quality. “This training was unprecedented in size and scope,” according to Toledo plant manager Chuck Padden. “It would have been impossible for us to execute this training while also preparing for an important vehicle launch without the cooperation of the University of Toledo and Northwest Community College Staff.” The UT College of Business and Innovation developed a curriculum of hands-on activities to train production, skilled trades and salaried on quality, problem solving, safety and the organization of the workplace. One class had employees building a car with Legos to simulate how important it is to deliver parts on time. The culmination of all this effort will be the delivery of the all-new Jeep Wrangler to Chapman Jeep either late this year or early next year.

See it First at LA Auto Show

With the current JK Wrangler in production for the last decade, Jeep enthusiasts have been clamoring for a re-design. They’ll finally get to see their wish come true when the new JL model comes off the assembly line in late November. It will make its first appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show in early December and be delivered to dealers shortly thereafter. Expect demand to far exceed supply, so it would be a good idea to get in touch with the pros at Chapman Jeep now to express interest in the newest addition to the Jeep lineup. Although it will look much like the current Wrangler, early released pictures show a more bulbous nose, a much-improved interior and an overall more athletic design. Power window switches are moving to the dash to make removing the doors less of a hassle. Reports say that the new Wrangler will use much more aluminum in the construction, bringing a welcome increase in gas mileage. It’s rumored that the new Wrangler will initially come with the standard Pentastar V6 engine, but that a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that produces more than 300 horsepower will be offered in the near future.

Toledo Plant Keeps Churning Out Wranglers

The intensive training sessions are just part of an overall 3.5 billion industrialization plan that Chrysler has to expand the Ram and Jeep brands. The Toledo plant will be adding 700 new jobs as part of the effort. Toledo has been the production site of the Jeep Wrangler for the past 75 years, churning out more than 2 million vehicles.

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