Planners are keeping the location quiet while the contract is
``It'll be on that list of iconic institutions in our community
that draw visitors into Toledo,'' said Mayor Wade
Kapszukiewicz, who put it ``up there`` with the Toledo
Museum of Art, the Toledo Zoo, and other attractions.
The project is expected to cost $40 million, and the group
anticipates about 250,000 visitors per year.
An outdoor track where Jeeps can be driven will be among the
museum's exhibits, group members said, and there's been
discussion about building a hotel nearby. The group has worked
to model the facility around the Harley-Davidson Museum
in Milwaukee and the National Corvette Museum in Bowling
Jeep's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, has been
very involved in the planning, groups members said.
``We are thrilled by this initiative to honor the heritage of
such an iconic brand, and celebrate the women and men who have
dedicated their lives to building these vehicles for nearly 80
years,'' Fiat Chrysler said in a statement. ``We look forward to
working with Toledo community leaders to bring this interactive
Jeep experience to life.''
The first Jeep models were manufactured in Toledo starting in
the 1940s. Today, thousands of people work on assembly lines at
the Fiat Chrysler plant in Toledo where a model of Jeep Wrangler
and the Jeep Gladiator, a new truck, are made.