Fiat Chrysler to expand Jeep Cherokee plant in Illinois

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 8:51 AM

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — Fiat Chrysler will make a $350 million investment and add 300 jobs to its plant in northern Illinois.

The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/29MBI99 ) that the plant in Belvidere will be retooled for Jeep Cherokee production. The company made the announcement Thursday.

The plant currently builds the Dodge Dart, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot models. The company will stop making Darts in September and the other models' production will end in December.

The community began speculating about Cherokee production in Belvidere after Automotive News reported last fall that Cherokees would no longer be assembled at a plant in Toledo, Ohio.

The Belvidere facility has five million square feet and employs 4,500 people. Belvidere is about 70 miles northwest of Chicago.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com