Officials Hopeful Lost Auto Jobs Will Be Replaced in Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ decision to move its Jeep Cherokee production line from Ohio to Illinois will mean the loss of several hundred auto supplier jobs in the Toledo area.

But local government and union officials remain hopeful that the losses will be offset somewhat by the launch of a new Jeep Wrangler and a Wrangler-based pickup in the northern Ohio city.

Fiat Chrysler officials made the decision to relocate its Cherokee production line because of the need to get auto parts in a timely fashion and the fragile nature of certain components. As a result, the company wanted to move operations closer to its final assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

The production shift is expected to be executed by mid-April. More than 350 workers will be out of a job.