Chrysler Group launches a second production shift at its assembly plant in Belvidere, IL, home of the ’07 Dodge Caliber small car and the ’07 Jeep Compass small cross/utility vehicle. Caliber production began in January and Compass production is scheduled to begin in May, according to, Chrysler’s media blog site. Belvidere’s second shift boosts its total employment from 1,650 to 2,650. More than 360 of the new workers had been on layoff from Belvidere, while the rest of ...

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