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More jobs for Belvidere

by David Zatz on

As FCA prepares to move the Jeep Cherokee from Toledo to Belvidere, ending production of the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass, and Jeep Patriot, the Rockford Register Star has reported that more jobs will be created — beyond the ones already announced by FCA.

The newspaper wrote that a new 336,000 square foot building, housing production of components for the Cherokee, is going up at 725 Logistics Drive, about a mile from the FCA plant. The supplier’s name was not revealed, but there will be around 500 new jobs there. Another 500 jobs will be added by new production in the Sager Industrial Park, two miles from the plant.

For FCA’s part, there is a $350 million investment in the plant and the addition of 300 jobs. The Cherokee, which is sold worldwide, is expected to have higher production needs than the Dart, Compass, and Patriot combined.

The paper quoted UAW Local 12 president Bruce Baumhower as saying that larger components, such as seats and dashboard panels, will be made near the Illinois plant, but that smaller components may remain in Ohio. Large parts, he said, need to be around ten minutes away from the plant. Thanks, Clint Norton.

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