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There’s new information known about COVID-19 cases associated with the Fiat Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere. 

 

Health officials from the Boone and Winnebago county health departments have been working closely with Fiat Chrysler to identify cases of COVID-19 at the Belvidere plant. The goal is to determine whether cases among workers were through community spread, or if there was an outbreak within the plant itself.

 

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Health officials are investigating cases of COVID-19 associated with the Fiat Chrysler plant in Belvidere. Several local health departments are involved, including Boone and Winnebago counties.

While there are a number of cases associated with the plant, health officials have not confirmed if exposure to the virus occurred there.

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.

Victoria Lunacek

A vehicle produced in Belvidere has topped a new list of cars with the most American content. 

Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep Cherokee came in at number one on the list created by Cars.com. The website looked at which cars were manufactured in America, had the most American parts, and support the most American factory jobs.   

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. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The Fiat Chrysler Assembly Plant in Belvidere is idled this week because of a supplier problem.

 A supplier for Chrysler is building a new facility in Belvidere to produce components for the Jeep Cherokee. 

The Rockford Register-Star says the building’s tenant hasn’t been identified, but the facility will employ around 500 workers.  This is on top of 500 additional jobs coming to Sager Industrial Park two miles east of the Chrysler plant. 

Fiat Chrysler reshuffled its production earlier this year, ceasing local production of the Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass, and Dodge Dart. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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.