Chrysler Delays Second Shift At Illinois Plant

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) -- Chrysler Group LLC says it has decided not to restart the second shift at its Belvidere assembly plant until mid-November.

The company announced the delay in an e-mail sent out Tuesday.

Chrysler had been taking applications online to fill temporary second-shift jobs since Labor Day weekend and originally was going to begin production Oct. 5.

Both Chrysler and General Motors Co. reorganized in bankruptcy court this summer and severely cut back on production, which forced dozens of supplier companies either out of business or into bankruptcy.

About 1,700 employees work on one shift at the Belvidere plant. Workers there assemble the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass.

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