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Chrysler's Toledo Plant Creates New Supplier Model

Chrysler Group and Magna International Inc., announced last week that they will collaborate in a Supplier Park project in Toledo, Ohio.

At the Toledo South Assembly plant, which begins production of the 2007 Jeep Wrangler in the third quarter of this year, three supplier partners will operate parts of the production process. Magna Steyr, a unit of Magna, will run the paint shop, the Kuka Group is responsible for building bodies for the 2007 Jeep Wrangler and Hyundai Mobis-owned Ohio Module Manufacturing Company will assemble the vehicle's chassis.

"We are very pleased that Magna is joining this new supplier model in Toledo," said Peter Rosenfeld, executive vice president, procurement & supply, Chrysler Group. "Magna is one of our top-performing partners measured against Chrysler Group's four key value drivers: quality, technology, cost and supply."

The co-location of the three suppliers is an example of Chrysler Group's overall flexible manufacturing strategy, which involves a number of actions that enable multiple products to be built on the same assembly line; the ability to react quickly to changing market demands and alternative practices to traditional vehicle assembly.

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