BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union says an ''unanticipated parts shortage'' has halted production at Chrysler's assembly plant in Belvidere.
Production ceased with Wednesday's first shift. Chrysler spokesman Roger Benvenuti says the company doesn't know when work will resume and is taking the shutdown ''shift by shift.''
Not all workers in Belvidere are affected by the shutdown, and about 500 maintenance and skilled trades employees have been asked to report to work. It's not clear how the shutdown affects salaried employees.
The move marks the third time this year production at the plant has halted.
More than 1,000 jobs will be cut at the end of February as the plant cuts its third shift.