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Chrysler staffing up at Belvidere plant for Dart production

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler has hung out the hiring sign, looking to add 400-500 new workers for the Belvidere, Illinois, assembly plant. The plant, which formerly built the now-discontinued Dodge Caliber, already has about 2,700 workers but is gearing up to produce the new Dodge Dart.

On Friday, February 2, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Belvidere Mayor Frederic Brereton and Plant Manager Kurt Kavajecz will join senior UAW representatives and federal, state and local officials, and company employees to celebrate the good news and dedicate the new body shop.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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