Chrysler to add as many as 1,000 part-time workers at Toledo Jeep complex

Employees at Chrysler's Jeep complex in Toledo routinely work 60 hours a week to keep up with demand for the Wrangler and Cherokee. Photo credit: BLOOMBERG

Chrysler plans to give full-time workers at its Toledo Assembly Complex a break by hiring as many as 1,000 part-time workers.

The complex -- home to 2 plants -- assembles the Jeep Wrangler and the new Jeep Cherokee, which are generating strong demand.

In February, Chrysler in the United States sold 10,640 Wranglers, up 5 percent from the year-ago month, and 11,795 Cherokees. Through the first two months of 2014, Chrysler has sold 20,193 Wranglers and 22,300 Cherokees.

In 2013, U.S. Wrangler sales rose 10 percent to 155,502 units.

The Cherokee, a replacement for the Liberty, went on sale in the United States in October.

According to The Blade of Toledo, employees at the plant routinely work 60 hours a week to keep up with vehicle demand. The new workers are meant to alleviate some of the burden on the full-time workers.

The plant employs 4,108 workers on two shifts.

The application period for the new jobs has closed.

The plant has hired 380 temporary workers this year, with 50 having been converted to full-time employees. The new positions will pay $15.78 an hour for 10 to 30 hours a week.

The tenure of the part-time workers depends on vehicle demand, but a Chrysler spokesman told Automotive News today that some of the new employees could be hired on a full-time basis.

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