Chrysler To Restart Production At Illinois Plant

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) -- Chrysler plans to restart production at a northern Illinois plant and is recalling hundreds of workers.

Spokesman Max Gates says employees have been asked to report for work at the automaker's Belvidere plant on Wednesday. He says the plant will operate through Friday, then go in to a two-week shutdown planned for all Chrysler factories.

The Belvidere plant assembles Dodge Calibers, Jeep Patriots and Jeep Compasses. It's been idle since May 1, when Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Gates says the company still plans to lay off 992 of the factory's 2,600 workers on July 27, when the factory eliminates one of its two shifts.

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