Chrysler

Victoria Lunacek

Fiat Chrysler announced recently that it will cut third shift operations at its Belvidere production facility in May. The plant produces the Jeep Cherokee. The company cited global demand as part of the reason. On this week's Friday Forum, we learn how the decision could have a much larger ripple effect on the economy.

The shift change will affect 1,371 jobs.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Fiat Chrysler Automobile announced Saturday that CEO Sergio Marchionne's health had suddenly deteriorated following surgery and that its board of directors had chosen Jeep executive Mike Manley to replace him.

Marchionne, a 66-year-old Italian-Canadian, joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Turin-based company's merger with bankrupt U.S. carmaker Chrysler. Manley, 54, had been heading the Jeep brand since June 2009 and the Ram brand from October 2015.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Chrysler’s parent company confirms it: the Jeep Cherokee will be produced at the Belvidere Assembly Plant starting next year.

Fiat-Chrysler America’s spokesperson Jodi Tinson says the company is making a big investment in Belvidere: $350-million to retool the plant and eventually, 300 new full-time jobs.

United Auto Workers members have resoundingly rejected a four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler. Workers at the plant in Belvidere were among the last in the nation to vote on the deal union leaders had worked out with the automaker: like most Fiat Chrysler plants nation-wide, they overwhelmingly vote "no."

65% of the Belvidere plant's 3000 UAW members voted against the proposal. It's considered a rebuke of their union leaders who supported the deal.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Votes this week will decide the fate of a four-year contract proposal for Fiat Chrysler employees nationwide. Today, union workers in Belvidere’s plant will cast their ballots.

Belvidere is one of the big Fiat Chrysler plants UAW leaders hope will approve the national contract the union hammered out with the automaker. So far this week, workers at a number of factories have rejected the deal. A truck plant in Warren, Michigan approved it.

Temporary Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

Mar 4, 2014
Susan Stephens

325 workers at the Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere have received temporary layoff notices.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Chrysler is recalling about 15,000 Dodge Darts because they could stall in cold weather. The Dart is produced in Belvidere. 

Belvidere Seeks Greater Vitality

Jan 8, 2013
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In the first of WNIJ's occasional series "Community Close-Up," we turn our attention to Belvidere. Like many other communities, Belvidere is trying to revitalize its downtown.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The much-heralded Dodge Dart should be in dealerships by the end of next month. To celebrate, Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne visited the home of the Dart Thursday -- the Belvidere Assembly Plant.

Belvidere plant ready to turn out new Dodge Dart

Apr 30, 2012

Official production of the new Dodge Dart is being launched in northern Illinois this week.  The model is being assembled at the Chrysler plant in Belvidere. 

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Apr 26, 2012

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Susan Stephens

 

It’s considered conventional wisdom that you should never buy a car in its first year of production: that gives the automaker time to “work the kinks out.” And that’s the kind of thinking Chrysler officials are working to dispel as they prepare to launch the new Dodge Dart in Belvidere. 

Chrysler adding 1800 jobs in Belvidere

Feb 2, 2012
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Chrysler's decision to produce the new Dodge Dart in northern Illinois will result in a wave of new jobs.  The automaker formally told workers at Belvidere assembly plant Thursday that it plans to add nearly 1800 jobs at the facility by the end of the summer.