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Belvidere auto parts suppliers warn of layoffs, town expects net jobs gain

Belvidere auto parts suppliers warn of layoffs, town expects net jobs gain

As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles retools its assembly plant in Belvidere to produce the Jeep Cherokee, four auto parts suppliers that don't have contracts for the car reported they are shutting their plants in the city near Rockford and laying off a total of nearly 700 people — though officials expect many of those workers will be rehired by new suppliers coming in.

Android Belvidere II, which makes engines, reported 273 layoffs that will occur Dec. 22 and 23, according to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which releases a monthly report of mass layoffs.

IAC Belvidere, which makes instrument panels and other hard trim parts for car interiors,...

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