On our 4 1/2 month cross-country Jeep trip this past summer [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img], my and my buddy attempted to get a tour of the Jeep plant. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] Unless you know someone who works in there that can show you around, they won't let you in. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img].
Here is a small part of an update email that we had sent from the trip, and it talks about Toledo and the Jeep plant:
"Then it was
east into Ohio, and onto Toledo. We found our was to
the old Jeep plant on Jeep Parkway. You can see the
old smokestacks that say "Overland" on them in big
letters, from the days of Willys-Overland. There is a
Wrangler on top of the building on Jeep Parkway, and
50-foot tall letters that say JEEP, with a Cherokee on
top, next to the plant. I could have sworn I had read
in a magazine one time that you could take tours of
the factory, but unfortunately that isn't the case.
We pleaded with the nice lady behind the desk at the
entrance to the plant, but she said we had to know
someone inside who could show us around, they don't do
public tours. We asked if there was someone she knew
who could show us around, and tried to do all we could
to get to see it. They even have a museum of sorts,
called the Jeep House, but the public isn't allowed in
The lady says to us "....It's so neat in there,
they have all of these old Jeeps and this one
is.....well, I shouldn't tell you all this, you guys
can't go in there. I'm sorry."
So we walked up to the employees entrance to the
plant, and we saw the plant store, like where workers
could buy t-shirts and stuff, and we had asked her if
we could go in there, and she said no. Then we saw a
CLOSED sign on the store window from the employees
entrance anyway, so we didn't chance it. The dumbest
part of the whole thing is that it says in big letters
on the side of the plant "Jeep Quality, come see for
So, then we drove over to the new plant that was
supposed to be on Manhattan Boulevard. We got to
Manhattan, but didn't know which way the factory was.
We took a left onto Manhattan, and then we saw a
flatbed 18-wheeler go by us in the other direction
full of about 20 or so new TJ frames that must have
been headed for the assembly plant! I said to Steve,
"It must be back that way."
It was pretty cool.
We drove around the Manhattan plant and took pictures
of the sea of new TJs that were in the lot. I
remember thinking to myself...with all those, they
wouldn't miss just ONE new Jeep...
I even saw
one in the huge lot with a flat tire - I guess quality
control isn't quite up to snuff.
So, that was all we got to see, but it was pretty cool
Oh, brings back memories. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
IF you guys go to Toledo, you have to go to Tony Packos for Hungarian hotdogs and dumplings. YUMM!