The facility was home to Willys-Overland Motors
, which developed the original Jeep, and is located less than three miles from FCA US LLC's Toledo Assembly Complex.
Jeep's origins in the city go back to 1941, when Willys-Overland Motors
began mass production of the vehicle for the military.
Out of 135 companies invited to bid on the vehicle contract, only two submitted proposals: American Bantam and Willys-Overland Motors
. However, only Bantam affirmed it could deliver a vehicle in the tight timeframe specified by the Army.
The company is constructing the plant on the site of the former Willys-Overland Motors
plant, where the original Jeep was assembled.