Annual Report for the year Ending September 30, 1948, Willys-Overland
Motors, Inc., December 7, 1948. "During the
fiscal year, we started
putting into effect plans to build
the bodies for our Universal Jeep in our plant in Toledo. The
changeover will be completed
shortly after the first of the year."
New York Times Oct 30, 1948. "TOLEDO, Oct. 29
(AP) Willys-Overland announced today that it will
start building all its Universal Jeep bodies in its plant here about
mid-December. The bodies heretofore have been built by the American
Central Division, Avco Manufacturing Corporation, at Connersville, Ind.
William E. Paris, Willys-Overland vice president, said the new body
building operations will require about 700 more workers in the local
Oakland Tribune, Sunday, Nov. 7, 1948. "Building
of all bodies for the Universal Jeep will be started at the
Toledo plant of Willys-Overland Motors in mid-December, it was
announced by William E. Paris, vice president in charge of
manufacturng. Tools, dies, jigs, and fixtures for the Jeep
body-building operation have been transferred to Toledo from the
American Central Dvision, Avco Manufacturing Corp., where the Jeep
bodies were previously built, Paris revealed. The move has been made as
a further step in the integration of Willys-Overland manufacturing
operations, Paris explained."
AVCO manufacturing Corporation Annual Report for the fiscal year ending
November 30, 1948. The report is dated February 4, 1949. Page 17 "Production of peacetime "jeep" bodies was
discontinued toward the close of the year when these operations were
transferred to the former contractor's own plant."
Wall Street Journal Dec 23, 1948. "TOLEDO Jeeps
with Toledo-made bodies are now rolling off the assembly
line at Willys-Overland Motors, according to James D. Mooney,
president. For the first time, stampings for the jeep bodies are being
Willys-Overland's own stamping division. Tools, dies, and jigs were
recently moved to Toledo from Connersville, Indiana, where American
Central Division, Avco Manufacturing Corp., had previously been
building jeep bodies for Willys-Overland."
Annual Report of Willys-Overland for the year ending September 30,
1949 dated December 15, 1949. "Move of Jeep body
from outside source to Toledo was
an important step in further integration of manufacturing facilities.
Manufacturing economies and closer control of quality and flow are now
among the advantages of the move." This page has a photo of a CJ-3A
before it's painted in the Toledo factory.
The Toldeo Blade 10/29/48 reported that American
Central "turned out its last jeep body early this month."
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