Detroit Manufacturing Systems breaks ground in Toledo

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Automotive supplier Detroit Manufacturing Systems broke ground Wednesday on a new plant in Toledo that will assemble components for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

The 102,600-square-foot plant is located on the site of the former Jeep Willys factory and will be completed by February. Detroit Manufacturing Systems plans to hire 140 workers in Toledo by summer 2017, and could add 100 more within the plant’s first 36 months.

Ohio developer NAI Harmon is building the plant on land owned by the Toledo Port Authority and will lease it to DMS for an initial period of seven years. The plant is a joint-venture with automotive interior supplier Faurecia.

“We are very happy to see our vision become reality as we continue to reinvigorate this iconic site,” said Paul Toth, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

Detroit Manufacturing Systems is based in Detroit and has a Motor City plant that builds more than 1 million instrument panels a year. It opened in June 2012.

Earlier this year, Dana Holdings Corp. announced it would invest $70 million to build a new 30,000-square-foot axle manufacturing facility near the Toledo site. Bob Pyle, president of Dana light vehicle driveline technologies, would not confirm that the company is making the investment to support increased production of the next-generation Wrangler; however the company said the plant will continue its “partnership with the Jeep brand” as well as axle assembly for “another global automaker.”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently invested about $700 million and added 700 workers at the Toledo Assembly Complex North plant for production of the next-generation Wrangler. Jeep CEO Mike Manley said the new SUV will be unveiled in the first half of next year, with development on schedule for 2017.

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