Belvidere’s Fiat Chrysler plant announced another round of employee layoffs on Monday, shortly after cutting the ‘C’ Crew this month.
Chrysler employees were being notified of the layoffs by calls attributed to Plant Manager Tomasz Gebka.
In the call, Gebka said that the company plans to further reduce the workforce to keep up with market demand, calling the next round of layoffs smaller in number than those announced in February.
“Hello, this is Tomasz Gebka, the plant manager. I’m calling you today because I wanted to update you on our operations as the plant begins the new shift pattern.
Following our announcement in February, we began an exhaustive review of our staffing needs to ensure we are properly aligned to support our new operating pattern. As a result of this exercise we determined that further reductions in our workforce were necessary. Even though the numbers are small when compared to our previous announcement, we know this decision will be equally as difficult for these people and their families.
Please know that delivering news like this is one of the hardest things I have to do as plant manager. But, I wanted to make sure you heard it from me first. Later today, we’ll officially notify the city, state, and UAW as appropriate of this additional action.
Like all manufacturing operations across all industries our production schedule is subject to the global demands for our product and this latest action will align us with our currently forecasted product volumes.
As we continue to work through this transition I asked for your continued support and cooperation in building the high quality vehicles that this plant is known for and our customers demands.