FCA plans to shut down its Toledo terminal in Toledo, Ohio, by February 28, 2018, affecting 92 hourly workers. The automaker stressed the closure will not lead to any job losses, however, and said the workers will have a few options when the closure is finalized.
First reported by The Toledo Blade, the workers may have the option to retire early or relocate to the Detroit terminal, per the report. If neither option suits the employee, FCA will place them into one of many new positions at the Toledo assembly plant where 2018 Jeep Wrangler production will take place. Hourly workers will finalize options and FCA will implement the employee shifts next January.
The terminal closure, which is a satellite operation for FCA Transport, shuttled parts between FCA facilities. The automaker noted the terminal competitiveness as the main reason behind its closure.
“The reason is that we’re not a trucking company, and therefore not competitive in a highly competitive industry that has excess capacity. We’ll have better efficiency by sourcing this business to other operations,” FCA spokesperson Jodi Tinson, said.