Efficiencies in supply and demand may be to blame for about 500 second-shift Jeep workers being temporarily laid off at Toledo's North Assembly complex.
Chrysler Group says they have scaled back production of the new Jeep Cherokee after having built enough to supply dealerships with the model.
"We have been producing vehicles since the end of June and have now built the critical number of vehicles we need to stock dealerships once containment is released," said the company in a statement released Monday. "We will temporarily idle the second shift (at Toledo North) so as not to put additional strain on our logistics partners to get these vehicles into the hands of customers as quickly and efficiently as possible upon release."
UAW Local 12 president Bruce Baumhower tells WNWO during the temporary layoff period, some newer second shift workers will go through additional training, while others will do two hour test drives on the new model.
With a brand new engine, transmission and converter on the Cherokee, Baumhower says Chrysler Group wants to ensure a smooth launch of the new vehicle.
Chrysler says the layoffs are expected to last one to two weeks.