The 2013 Dodge Dart hasn’t even hit the production line yet, but its economic impact is already being felt. Chrysler announced today that it will be adding about 400 to 500 new employees to support the production of the compact car at its assembly facility in Belvidere, Illinois. The additional workers will be added to the existing first and second shifts as the possibility of a third shift remains a mystery for the time being. There are currently around 2700 employees who operate the Belvidere facility now.
The Dart was first unveiled earlier this month at the North American International Auto Show and was received very warmly from those in attendance. Dodge’s latest compact combines Fiat and Chrysler technology, which is a first since both auto makers merged. The Dart will be a widened and lengthened version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta which is currently only on sale in Europe.
Those who are interested in the assembly job for the Dart can go to Chrysler’s website to apply for the opening. Employees of the Belvidere facility will be joined by Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn next Thursday to celebrate the decision to produce the Drat there and to bestow a new body shop.
Chrysler also assembles the Jeep Compass and Patriot at the Belvidere facility but both will be replaced with a single compact crossover next year.
Source: Detroit Free Press