TOLEDO, Ohio -- Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC broke ground today on a 102,000-square-foot factory here that will produce instrument clusters for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.
The plant -- built on environmentally remediated land that once housed the sprawling factory where the former Willys-Overland first produced Willys MBs during World War II -- is expected to employ at least 140 people initially by summer 2017.
The Jeep Parkway site, located along busy Interstate 75, produced Jeeps until 2001. The former plant was demolished in 2010, with the exception of an historic smokestack with “OVERLAND” written in embedded black brick. Because of its history, the 80-acre site is considered “hallowed ground” to many Jeep enthusiasts, and is viewed by an estimated 125,000 passing motorists a day on I-75.