Chrysler Group LLC confirmed this morning it will stop building the Jeep Liberty on Aug. 16 and immediately begin removing old equipment from the plant as it continues to prepare for the launch of an all-new vehicle next year.
Chrysler officials made the announcement during an open house at the Toledo Assembly Complex to update reporters on the new construction and coming shutdown. Full-scale production of the new vehicle, which is yet unnamed, will begin in the second quarter of next year.
The automaker plans to add a second shift and hire more than 1,100 new workers to build the upcoming model.
Plant manager Zach Leroux said the second shift would be added sometime in the third quarter of 2013.
Chrysler has not yet begun the hiring process for the new positions.