Documents: Chrysler plans massive expansion of Toledo plant

Chrysler is planning a massive expansion of its Toledo North Assembly Plant, according to documents filed with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The paperwork shows the automaker requested a permit to increase the plants emissions output in order to complete the expansion, which Chrysler wrote is needed to accommodate the 2013 model year vehicle platform.

The documents show the larger plant could produce as many as 327,000 vehicles per year. Toledo North Assembly Plant, which makes the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro, produced approximately 92,000 vehicles in 2010.

Chrysler acknowledged filing the paperwork in a phone call with WNWO News, but a spokesperson said the company had no further comment.

The Ohio EPA has scheduled a public hearing on the emissions permits for July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the West Toledo YMCA.

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