Belvidere Fiat Chrysler Plant Begins Retooling Production Lines For Jeep Cherokee

Dec 23, 2016

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.