Here’s a brief history of Jeep vehicles in Toledo: 1909 — John North Willys buys the assets, including the plant, of Pope-Toledo Co., moves the assembly operations of his Indiana-based Overland Automobile Co. to Toledo and Willys-
Wrangler fans include LeBron James, singer Ciara.
Success credited in part to staggering brand recognition.
Infantrymen turned little scout car into tool that did just about everything.
Delmar Roos engineered engine that powered WWII Willys MB.
8.6% of new vehicles in the city are Jeeps — 6th highest in U.S..
Toledo’s Willys-Overland won trademark after war, but Ford, Bantam also contributed.
Last financials for CEO Roy Armes, who retires Aug. 31.
Profit for 2nd quarter hits $58M, revenues $388M.