Auburn Hills, Michigan – A green Jeep Patriot marked the one million milestone at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois on July 28. The plant produced its first vehicle in 1965.
The plant also produces the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber, which was the first of the three to begin production in 2005.
“The Belvidere plant has been producing some of Chrysler’s most popular models for the past 45 years and the Jeep Patriot is just the latest model to add to the list,” said plant manager Kurt Kavajecz. “We are honoured to be part of this significant milestone. The success of the Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber is a testament to the dedication of our workforce and their commitment to producing a high-quality product.”
The Belvidere Plant was constructed in 1964-1965, and until 1977 it produced Plymouth and Dodge two-door, four-door and station wagon models, and the Chrysler Town & Country station wagon. In 1977, it was converted to front-wheel drive production and from 1978 to 1987 it produced the Plymouth Horizon and Dodge Omni.
In 1987 it underwent a US$367 model changeover to produce the Chrysler New Yorker and Dodge Dynasty, and two years later made the Chrysler Imperial and New Yorker Salon. In 1994, the plant was converted to produce the Plymouth and Dodge Neon. The Neon ended production in September 2005, with the Caliber launching in December 2005, followed by the Compass in May 2006 and Patriot in December 2006.