Jeep,Manufacturing,Our People | August 29 2019

Truck Thursday: Building the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator is a point of pride for Toledo Assembly Complex employees

Building the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator continues a decades-long, interconnected relationship between the city of Toledo and the Jeep® brand. 

For nearly 80 years, Jeep vehicles have been built in Toledo, and that’s a point of pride for the women and men who build the Gladiator in the south plant of the Toledo Assembly Complex.

While these highly skilled workers have worked for FCA for anywhere from a few years to a few decades, they all have an appreciation for their place in the long history with the Jeep brand and Toledo.

This is true for Codey Simpson who was born and raised in the Toledo area. He initially worked on the Jeep Wrangler, which is built in the north plant, before moving to the Gladiator decking area. 

“I get to say I am part of it,” Simpson proudly states about building the Gladiator. “Going through this whole process is just a dream come true for me.”

Michael Carroll has been with Jeep for six years and is impressed with the new Gladiator. 

“It’s one of the best vehicles I’ve seen in a long time with all the different options that are available,” he said. “This is the only truck that you are ever going to find with a top that comes off, doors that can be removed and a windshield you can drop down to experience all the freedom of a topless truck.”

Team leader Jack Mullins has worked on a variety of Jeep models over his more than 30 years working at the Toledo Assembly Complex.  

“It’s a wonderful feeling being part of the Toledo crew,” said Mullins, who is impressed by the Gladiator. “The technology and four-wheel-drive capability of the Gladiator can’t be beat.”

To learn more about the all-new Gladiator built by the women and men of the Toledo South Plant, visit Jeep.com.

Edward Cardenas

Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it
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Hello from the Motor City! I’m Edward Cardenas and I’m multimedia editor for FCA US. As a lifelong Detroiter, I have been surrounded by the automotive industry. I’ve had members of my immediate and extended family work in the industry. I’ve covered it as a journalist and advocated for it as a communications professional. I have also experienced the thrills of the industry while riding in a race car at nearly 200 miles per hour. Having this breadth of experience, I look forward to drawing upon my experiences to bring a wide range of stories, photos and videos about Chrysler, FIAT and Alfa Romeo to FCA Digital Media. When I’m not covering my brands, I’m spending time with my wife and two boys.