Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chrysler supplier in Belvidere laying off 118

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Chrysler supplier in Belvidere laying off 118

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm by Alex Gary


Android Industries filed paperwork with the state indicating it will permanently lay off 118 workers at its plant in Belvidere.

The Michigan-based company supplies engine/transmission modules and instrument panels for Chrysler LLC’s Belvidere plant.

The Register Star has calls into Android and United Auto Workers Local 1268, which represents most of the affected workers, to talk further about the move.

According to the state’s monthly Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) report, the company will begin letting workers go on Nov. 1 and be finished with the lay offs by Nov. 22.

Android came to Belvidere in 2005 when Chrysler launched the Dodge Caliber. The company received a small amount of state assistance — $102,500 — to help the company create 205 jobs. According to state reports, Android at one point had as many as 270 workers in Belvidere.

Chrysler’s Belvidere workers now assemble the Caliber, Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot. Several national automotive media outlets have quoted various Chrysler officials, including CEO Sergio Marchionne, that the company plans to replace the Caliber with a small sedan based on the architecture of the Alfa Romeo Guilietta. Chrysler now is majority owned and run by Italy’s Fiat SpA.

The Caliber replacement is expected to go into production in the final three months of this year, which would coincide with the closing of Android.

A new car line may bring several changes to the local Chrysler supplier lineup, especially considering the Caliber-Compass-Patriot line was designed when Chrysler was owned by German automaker Daimler AG.

The first round of changes was publicized in May when International Automotive Components, or IAC for short, confirmed it was moving into a 172,000-square-foot building near the Chrysler plant and hiring 200 people to work beginning next January.


  1. Bill says:

    September 9, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Im sorry – are they laying off or closing??

  2. Alex Gary says:

    September 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

    The report doesn’t specify and the company didn’t call back. I believe it is closing.

Belvidere Township Meeting will again have the Eagle’s Club acquisition on the Agenda

UPDATED 10-10-2011

Town Hall Style Meeting at the Community Building on Tuesday, October 18, 2011—6:00PM.—regarding purchase of the Eagle Building.

Following Letter to Editor is from the October 7, 2011 Boone County Journal.







Front of building.


Eagle’s Parking lot.  Rear of Eagle’s building is at far left.

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Neighboring businesses use the parking lot.

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The meeting is at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 13.  This meeting may have approval of the Town Hall meeting minutes. If you attended that meeting you could raise questions if the minutes do not coincide with actions which occurred.

See Minutes of 7-30-2011 Meeting below the Agenda, page 2—Closed Session-- indicates that the authority to purchase the Eagle’s Club was granted to Mr. Murphy by the board on July 30.




8200 Fairgrounds Road

September 13, 2011 – 5:00 P.M.

I. Call to Order / Roll Call

II. Pledge of Allegiance

III. Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes

IV. Transfers

V. Reports

a. Supervisor’s Report

b. Highway Commissioner’s Report

c. Assessor’s Report

d. Clerk’s Report

e. Trustee’s Report

VI. Unfinished Business

a. Acquisition of the Eagles Club


VII. Legal


VIII.New Business

a. Shaw Rd. Truck Traffic

b. Harvest Fest

c. Door Locks

IX. Treasurer’s Report and Approval of Bills

X. Public Input

XI. Closed Session

XII. Adjournment

* Please note in order to take final action on an item it must be specified on the posted agenda 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Previously approved minutes, click on the photocopy to enlarge.

7-30-2011 minutes 17-30-2011 minutes 2