TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - It is the end of an era for automaking in Toledo as the last Jeep Liberty has rolled off the production line at Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex.
Production started back in 2001, and Randi Downes has been helping to make the Liberty for the past 11 years.
"It's kind of sentimental seeing it go but in the other way, looking forward to something new, something different," said Downes.
Downes and other production line workers will be on temporary layoff as skilled trades workers will completely overhaul the facility, taking out old equipment and installing new equipment in preparation of making the new Jeep product.
"They're saying probably won't be back until April but I don't know if it'll be that long or not," said Downes.
Those workers will receive a combination of state unemployment and supplemental pay from the company.
"We've been doing 10 hours about a year and a half, been doing a lot of Saturdays in that time. We deserve a break now I guess," said Downes.
There are plenty of Liberty vehicles still on the lot at Grogan's Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, but Managing Partner Denny Amrhein does not expect them to be there for long.
"From day one they started producing that it's been a really good seller and even as of now we're still selling a lot of them," said Amrhein.
Plenty of excitement surrounds what the new Jeep product will look like and what it would be called.
"I don't think it's going to be called Liberty, that's the thing nobody knows yet", said Amrhein.
"It's always exciting to start a new vehicle, everybody still doesn't know what it's going to look like yet but looking forward to that", said Downes.
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