DETROIT -- Chrysler LLC is planning to eliminate the third shift at the Toledo Jeep assembly complex in Ohio, putting about 750 employees out of work, The Toledo Blade newspaper reported today on its Web site.
The plant makes the Jeep Liberty and the Dodge Nitro.
Chrysler added the shift 16 months ago to help launch the new Nitro, but the vehicles sales have lagged, the newspaper reported. The plant now makes more Libertys and fewer Nitros, the report said.
Chrysler is to announce Thursday that the shift will be eliminated during the first quarter of 2008. The newspaper quoted an unnamed congressional aide with knowledge of the announcement.
Neither the UAW nor Chrysler would confirm the information, the newspaper said.
UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower told the newspaper, That is news to me.
Chrysler also makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler at the nearby Toledo Supplier Park, which apparently will not be affected by the move, the newspaper reported.