Jeep Donates 5 Millionth Vehicle Produced at Detroit Plant to USO
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The Chrysler Group and Jeep brand presented the USO with the 5 millionth vehicle to roll off Detroit's Jefferson North Assembly Plant as both a gift to support our nation's troops and as a symbol of the long-standing relationship between the organizations.
The Jeep brand's gift of a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland to the USO, provides – both literally and figuratively – a moving example of its commitment to the military to support and aid returning U.S. military heroes through the USO. Earlier this year, the Jeep brand announced that it will donate more than $1 million in vehicles and funding to the USO to be used in programs that directly support returning troops and their families.
"In 1991 when this plant was built and preparing to produce the first Jeep Grand Cherokee, the USO was celebrating its 50th anniversary of supporting our troops, so it seemed obvious to us at Jeep that the perfect way to mark this milestone was by donating a new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee to our partners at the USO," said Mike Manley, President and CEO – Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "The USO and Jeep – both founded in 1941 – share a common history and commitment to supporting our military men and women. We're honored to support the USO as they continue their dedication to lifting the spirits of American troops and their families."
Chrysler Group Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Scott Garberding (far left) along with Director and Head of Jeep Brand Product Marketing Jim Morrison (right), Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) Manager Jason Ryska (far right) and USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson (second left) stand with the 5-millionth vehicle to roll off the JNAP assembly line. The Jeep brand is donating the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland to the USO as part of its ongoing partnership to support the troops.
Morrison presents the keys for the milestone-making vehicle to Gibson. The vehicle will be outfitted with a commemorative plaque indicating its special place in the company's history and signed by Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne.
Garberding and Ryska stand with employees with 30 or more years of service during a celebration of the 5 millionth JNAP-built vehicle. The 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee was the first model to roll off the line in 1992.
JNAP employee Andrea Rhodes snaps a photo of fellow employee Robert Ridley in front of the 5 millionth vehicle produced at the plant.
(Photos courtesy of Chrysler Group LLC)
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