Belvidere

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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

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.

Susan Stephens

  The Boone County Board voted 10 to 1 in favor of a letter opposing the Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports that the document details various objections to "livability, including land loss, water quality, noise, and insurance costs.  It stands in contrast to another letter board members were considering.  That document was not as detailed about what the board feared were threats to “livability.” 

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.

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