August 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Toledo, OH – Toledo is often called the Glass City, but it could also be called the Jeep City. The Toledo-based Willys-Overland company began building Jeeps for the U.S. Army in 1941, and would go on to build 368,000 more during World War II, when the vehicles were used for everything from carrying machine guns to evacuating wounded soldiers.
The city and the United Auto Workers will mark that anniversary Aug. 13, with a seven-hour festival featuring a parade of more than 800 Jeeps. While the number of Jeep-making jobs since the war has not neared the 16,000 people then employed at the Willys-Overland plant, there are still about 5,100 full-time workers at the Toledo Assembly Complex, where Fiat Chrysler built 539,000 Jeeps last year. “I’ll say it over and over again a million times. It made a good living for me and my family. Without Jeep and UAW. I wouldn’t have what I’ve got today,” 82-year-old Ali Talb, who worked there for 34 years, told the Toledo Blade. Read more