A new automotive supplier has announced it will open a manufacturing location in Belvidere, Illinois to support production of the Jeep Cherokee mid-size SUV.
Illinois State Rep. Joe Sosnowsk told The Washington Times that Yanfeng Automotive Interiors will open a plant in Belvidere in 2017. The plant is expected to bring 400 new jobs and $28 million in capital investment to the area.
Fiat Chrysler announced earlier this year it would move production of the Jeep Cherokee from Toledo, Ohio to Belvidere in order to free up space at its Toledo facility to produce the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the Wrangler-based Jeep pickup truck. The Belvidere plant was formerly the production site of the now discontinued Dodge Dart.
Yanfeng is a Shanghai-based automotive supplier with more than 100 manufacturing or technical centers in 17 countries. It’s not clear if its new Belvidere plant will be responsible for producing interior components for any FCA vehicle other than the Cherokee.