It appears that Stellantis’ Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois will continue to be shut down throughout the rest of the month of October due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage. Stellantis confirmed the decision earlier this week and United Auto Workers (UAW) employees were notified by their representatives.
The 5 million-square-foot complex manufacturers the midsized Jeep® Cherokee (KL) about 80 miles northwest of Chicago. Belvidere has continued to suffer from several significant periods of downtime this year due to the semiconductor shortage. The plant has also seen demand for the Cherokee diminish as the global market embraces another Jeep product, the Compass which is manufactured in five facilities outside the United States. Thus leaving the complex to continually face shutdowns.
In July, the facility was forced to cut almost 1,641 jobs as it eliminated its second shift, which Stellantis said “balance sales with production”. The current workforce at the facility is made up of 2,558 employees (2,362 hourly; 196 salaried) on one shift.
According to the forecasting firm AutoForecast Solutions, Belvidere has lost production of 119,627 units for the year as of Tuesday.
Stellantis is currently hard at work on the next-generation Cherokee internally codenamed “KM”. It has been rumored that Stellantis might even move production of the next-generation Dodge Charger and Challenger to the plant beginning in late-2023. Nevertheless, Belvidere could use the help with the added production.
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