Statewide News
8:16 am
Thu November 17, 2011

New Jobs Coming to Northern Ohio

New jobs are coming to Northern Ohio - Chrysler says it will add 1,100 jobs at an Ohio assembly complex as part of a $1.7 billion investment to build a new Jeep sport utility vehicle.

The automaker said Wednesday that includes $500 million to expand its Toledo assembly plant and add a body shop. State and local officials signed off on incentives for the project.

Chrysler Group LLC sought millions to enlarge the plant where it makes the Jeep Liberty and Wrangler and the Dodge Nitro. It plans to add the new shift by late 2013.

The plant currently has about 1,800 employees. Workers there hope this will be the first of several new job announcements.

And an Ohio steel maker has announced plans for an $85.2 million expansion that will mean 449 new jobs.

Gov. John Kasich was on hand as Republic Steel in Lorain west of Cleveland announced Wednesday that it will build an electric arc furnace to make steel from scrap.  Construction of the furnace is scheduled to begin next year and be completed in mid-2013.

Republic's bar quality steel is used in axles, drive trains, suspensions and industrial equipment.  The compnay says the expansion will mean increased production of one million tons of steel a year.