BELVIDERE (WREX) — Due to a lack of demand, the Belvidere Chrysler plant has temporarily shut down.
According to a spokesperson with Fiat Chrysler, the owner of the Belvidere assembly plant, the plant is down this week to align production with demand.
The spokesperson says regular schedules for workers will resume next Tuesday, September 3.
In May, Fiat Chrysler submitted a proposal to merge with French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault to create a 50-50 merger between the two major automotive manufacturers
This past February, FCA Chrysler announced that 1,371 workers would be laid off at the Belvidere facility on May 6. Then, on the day those layoffs went into effect, FCA announced an additional 32 people would be laid off.
Fiat Chrysler said in a statement that the additional layoffs were needed “to properly align with the plant’s return to a two-shift operating pattern.”