May 11, 2006

Chrysler Group to add third shift to Illinois plant

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group has announced that it will add a third shift to manufacturing operations at its Belvidere, Illinois Assembly Plant, beginning in July 2006. The new shift will add approximately 1,000 new jobs to the 2,650-employee facility.

While some jobs will be filled with current employees from other facilities, the majority are expected to be filled with new hires.

The Belvidere plant began building the 2007 Dodge Caliber in January 2006, and will begin production of the all-new Jeep Compass this month; the 2007 Jeep Patriot will be added later this year. The plant is flexible enough to vary the production mix between the three products anywhere from 0 to 100 per cent of each model.

The plant, which previously built the Neon and SX 2.0, added a second shift in March. The facility was retooled to build the three new models in late 2005, with an investment of US$419 million.

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