March 26, 1998 in Nation/World

Chrysler To Reduce Production Of Jeeps

Compiled From Wire Services

Chrysler Corp. is cutting production and ending a Saturday overtime shift at its Jeep factories here because of canceled orders from Asian distributors.

The distributors have dropped orders for 8,000 to 10,000 Jeep Wranglers and Cherokees in recent weeks, said Chrysler spokesman David Barnas.

The Toledo plant, where employees have regularly worked most Saturdays on overtime for three years, makes all the Wranglers and Cherokees worldwide, although some are shipped overseas in parts and assembled there. It employs 5,600.

Saturday production work on Cherokees will end this week and on Wranglers, about mid-April. It isn’t expected to resume until the start of the 1999 model year in July, Chrysler said.

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