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Short holiday for Toledo, Belvidere plants

by Bill Cawthon on

While the offices in Auburn Hills are closing and won’t reopen until January 5, Automotive News notes that the Jeep plants in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvidere, Illinois, won’t be getting the usual holiday break this year.

One shift at both the Toledo Assembly Complex and at the Toledo South plant will be reporting for work the day after Christmas and will work through New Year’s Eve. The plants produce the Jeep Cherokee, Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited.

The Toledo plants normally run two shifts as FCA tries to keep up with demand Jeeps.

The Belvidere Assembly Plant, which builds the Jeep Patriot and Compass as well as the Dodge Dart, will run a single shift on Friday, Sunday and Monday, December 29.

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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