Belvidere on edge as chip woes highlight vulnerable plant communities

Stellantis's Belvidere Assembly plant parking lot sits empty a weekend before workers return to work on May 28 in Belvidere, Illinois.

Belvidere, Ill. — The COVID-19 pandemic and an unprecedented global semiconductor shortage are wreaking havoc on the auto industry, idling plants, laying off thousands of workers and fueling uncertainty. Nowhere is that more evident than at the Jeep Cherokee plant here. The predicament of Stellantis NV’s Belvidere Assembly Plant is unique at the moment — hit by chips, … Read more