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Belvidere Fiat Chrysler Plant Begins Retooling Production Lines For Jeep Cherokee

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The  last Jeep Compass and Patriot made in the U.S. will roll off the line at Belvidere’s Fiat Chrysler plant today.

The Rockford Register-Star reports it will begin retooling the plant Monday to build the Jeep Cherokee. 

About 4,500 people will be laid off during the five-month retooling process, but they’ll be brought back in phases for training. 

The plant is expected to ramp up production to more than 300,000 Jeep Cherokee vehicles per year.