As Belvidere Chrysler Plant Grows, so do Local Businesses

By Phillip Reed |

Published 02/04 2014 05:42PM

Updated 02/04 2014 06:25PM

Belvidere- Belvidere Assembly Plant employees enter a world class manufacturing trailer for training. The meeting focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving workplace safety.


The instructors came from Michigan to train its growing workforce in Belvidere.


Eric Schimmel of the Belvidere Assembly Plant says “with the success of the dart and compass and the patriot, we’re able to employ more people in the plant.”


When their business booms, so do nearby businesses. Artim Dalipi of Ned’s Restaurant says workers from the Chrysler plant come in to eat there.


Dalipi says “we get some third shifters leaving work once in a while, and they stop in to eat breakfast before they go home.”


But the business boom is more than just breakfast. Schimmel says “on top of that, we’re encouraging supplies to come and locate near by us to further help the local community with improving employment.”


Many of their workers are from the Stateline area.


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