Friday marked the end of an era for the Belvidere Chrysler Plant.
Production for the Jeep Compass and Patriot ceased, so the plant could make way for the Jeep Cherokee, which is one of the company’s top selling vehicles. The plant expects to build about 300,000 a year. This is all part of Fiat Chrysler $350 million investment into its Belvidere plant. The automaker says the move will create up to 2,200 jobs. Jack Wolf Auto Group’s Sale Manager John Wolf says the economic boost will be felt throughout the Stateline.
“It isn’t just Belvidere and Boone County,” said Wolf. “An awful lot of the employees work in Belvidere, but they live in Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, the surrounding counties. It’s area economic development and it’s a wonderful thing for our region.”
City leaders say those jobs should be filled over the next year and a half.