Ohio Plant Making New Cherokee Brings Workers Back

The layoffs were originally expected to last about two weeks, but The Blade reports Friday that the company plans to resume building the vehicle in two shifts Monday. Chrysler spokesperson Jodi Tinson says workers are being brought back earlier thanks to a plan allowing required updates to be made more quickly.

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Chrysler is bringing back about 500 idled workers faster than expected after temporary layoffs from a northwest Ohio plant that produces the new Jeep Cherokee.

Transmission reprogramming and extra test-driving delayed shipment of the vehicles, and inventory from the Toledo facility had accumulated, so some second-shift workers were idled earlier this week.

The layoffs were originally expected to last about two weeks, but The Blade reports Friday (http://bit.ly/1fLcPpQ ) that the company plans to resume building the vehicle in two shifts Monday.

Chrysler spokesperson Jodi Tinson says workers are being brought back earlier thanks to a plan allowing required updates to be made more quickly.

Chrysler says it has built the number of Cherokees it needs to stock dealerships initially once testing is complete.

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