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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.