End of an era for Toledo built Jeep Liberty

Production of the Toledo build Jeep Liberty will come to an end despite sales being up 34% in July compared to a year ago.

The last Jeep Liberty is expected to come off the assembly line Thursday.

According to the Toledo Blade, Chryslerâ??s Jeep Liberty has been a trademark for more than 11 years, with more than 1.25 million on the roadways.

The shutdown of production means hundreds will be without a job. The Blade reports that about 800 of the 950 hourly employees will be laid off.

The 150 employees who will stay on are skilled-trades workers and will be responsible for tearing down the old equipment and installing the new.

A replacement for the Liberty is coming next year.

Production of the new vehicle, which has not yet been named, will begin sometime in the second quarter of 2013.