The Importance of the Jeep Wrangler to Toledo, Ohio

Toledo’s place in Jeep history can’t be overstated. Though in a much different way, it ranks right up there with places like Moab, the Rubicon or Ouray.

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Earlier in February, Toledo Mayor Michael Collins passed away just days after suffering cardiac arrest while driving during a massive snowstorm. For the past few months, Collins had been leading one of the city’s most important campaigns– a campaign aimed at ensuring that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler would continue to be built inside of Toledo.

jeep2Following his tragic passing, though, the city began scrambling to continue on with Collins’ Jeep Wrangler work, knowing that it was an important project for Collins and the city itself. Why? Because Jeep has been a part of the Toledo community since the early 1940s and is as much a part of the culture as any person, family, or landmark has ever been.

“The mayor’s passing is tragic. But on Monday, when I came to work, I knew exactly what I needed to do and exactly what needed to be done,” said Matt Sapara, director of development…

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