March 1, 2021—An assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., which produced the Jeep Cherokee SUV, is laying off 150 workers, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep, cited a shortage in demand of the SUV caused the cuts.
"The Stellantis plant in Belvidere, Illinois, is rebalancing its staffing levels as it realigns production to meet global demand for the Jeep Cherokee. Following a review of its operations, 150 people will be indefinitely laid off, starting Feb. 20, 2021. The company will make every effort to place indefinitely laid off hourly employees in open full-time positions as they become available based on seniority," according to a company statement sent by spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.
The plant is almost 5 million square feet on 280 acres. It was built in the 1960s and employs 3,580 workers on two shifts.