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Stellantis to Cut 400 Jobs at Illinois Plant

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Nov. 12, 2021—Stellantis will cut around 400 more jobs at its Jeep Cherokee manufacturing plant in Belvidere, Ill.

The cut will take effect as early as mid-January, according to The Detroit News. The ongoing semiconductor chip shortage has been cited by the company as a driving factor in the cut.

"As we continue to balance global sales with production of the Jeep Cherokee produced at the Belvidere (III.) Assembly Plant, which has been further exacerbated by the unprecedented global microchip shortage," spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in a statement, "Stellantis has determined that additional staffing actions are needed as a result of changes in the plant’s operations."

According to a statement from Stellantis, the automaker will try to place laid-off hourly employees in open full-time positions elsewhere in the company. Placement will be based on seniority and will require relocation; Stellantis does not have another manufacturing plant in Illinois.

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