BELVIDERE, Ill. (WTVO) — One of the Stateline’s largest employers is extending a temporary lay-off.

Belvidere Chrysler workers will be off the job through May 9th. That’s according to a notice sent out to assembly plant employees.

A global microchip shortage is blamed for the shutdown. We are told the supply of chips will be re-evaluated every two weeks.

About 3,600 employees have been off the job since March 29.