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Stellantis Will ‘Idle’ The Belvidere Assembly Plant On February 28

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Stellantis Will 'Idle' The Belvidere Assembly Plant On February 28

(CTN News) – Stellantis, the manufacturer of cars, will contact workers about the term layoffs scheduled for February 28, 2023, according to representatives of the UAW union.

This is done at town hall meetings held by its corporate members.

The closure comes after months of intermittent layoffs at the company. These layoffs have resulted in some workers taking jobs in other states or taking early retirement packages so as to maintain a sense of stability.

Using social media, the union released the following statement regarding the announcement on Friday:

Upon reaching out to Stellantis for comment, 23 News received the following response:

As a result of an array of factors including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the global shortage of microchips, our industry has been adversely affected, but the most impactful of all has been the rising costs associated with the electrification of the automotive industry.

There have been a number of actions taken by Stellantis in order to stabilize production and to improve efficiency at its North American facilities. This is in order to maintain affordability and customer satisfaction in terms of quality and service.

The company has made the decision that while it considers other avenues to optimise operations, it will idle the Belvidere (Illinois) assembly plant by the end of February 2023.

There is a possibility that these difficult but necessary actions will result in indefinite layoffs, which are expected to last more than six months and may qualify as job loss under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

Consequently, both hourly and salaried employees have been served with WARN notices as a result of this decision. If there are any openings for full-time positions as soon as they become available for indefinitely laid-off employees, the company will make every effort to place them in those positions.

As part of Stellantis’ ongoing efforts to repurpose the Belvidere facility, the company is also working on identifying other opportunities to repurpose the facility.

However, there are no additional details to share at this time,” said Jodi Tinson, Stellantis’ director of media relations.

In Boone County, Stellantis is one of the largest employers in the area. In the event that operations are halted, thousands of workers will be impacted by the situation.

Is Chrysler now called Stellantis?

The Chrysler brand is part of Fiat Chrysler, which merged with the parent company of the Peugeot brand in 2021 to create a new company called Stellantis. Brands under the Fiat Chrysler umbrella include Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Lancia, and Maserati.

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