February 7, 2012
Chrysler Group LLC has announced that it will add about 1,800 jobs at its Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois, which includes the addition of a third crew and hundreds of jobs for production of the all-new Dodge Dart®, by the third quarter of 2012.
The last time the plant ran three shifts was in March 2008 when there were about 3,600 employees. When all new hiring is complete, the plant's employee population will increase from 2,700 to more than 4,500.
The previously announced $600 million investment in a new, 638,000-sq.-ft. body shop and new machinery, tooling, and material handling for Dart production at the plant ha.sd grown to nearly $700 million.