Chrysler in Belvidere to Shut Down For Three Weeks
The last time this type of situation happened at the Belvidere Chrysler Plant, the facility was shut down for only a week...this time could be longer.
According to MyStateline the Belvidere Chrysler Plant which employs roughly 3500 people on two shifts, will be shut down for three weeks do to a computer chip shortage. The Belvidere Chrysler Plant did run a third shift, up until 2019 when that shift was eliminated. This work stoppage will begin this coming Monday, and last for approximately three weeks. This is the second time in one year that this chip shortage has happened.
The Belvidere Assembly Plant was built back in 1964-65. The first vehicle that was built on the assembly line, happened July 7th 1965. Wiki Back in 2006, the Belvidere Chrysler Plant became the first Chrysler Plant ever, to have a body shop 100% robotic. There have been a variety of vehicles produced at the Belvidere Plant including:
- Simca-Talbot Horizon/Chrysler Horizon
- Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon
- Dodge Charger
- Chrysler New Yorker
- Dodge Dynasty
- Chrysler Imperial
- Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue
- Plymouth Neon
- Dodge Neon
- Dodge Caliber
- Dodge Dart
- Jeep Compass
- Jeep Patriot
- Jeep Cherokee
The Belvidere Chrysler Plant is roughly 5,300,000 square feet on 280 acers. There is also a "Simulation Room" inside the Belvidere Plant that takes up 38,000 square feet. This room is used to test the work stations throughout the building, and there is also mini production set ups.
The Belvidere Assembly Plant has won several awards over the years, with the most recent in 2009 for their successful changeover from Neon to Caliber production.
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