A Worker at Chrysler's Downed Belvidere Plant Emails TTAC

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Belvidere has been down since early Wednesday morning due to a broken gear in a press in stamping area. Trucks came and removed the dies and such to other Chrysler stamping facilities. There were a lot of trucks though. More than I would imagine would be needed for one press and its dies. Is it possible they are pulling out all stamping? Is it possible they may close the doors at the Belvidere facility? Nobody knew anything on Tuesday, yet the union seemed to know we would be off at that time without notifying the workforce. I can't get any info. I know they have bounced checks and aren't paying suppliers. They intend to cut one shift next Friday. Their supply of vehicles is much higher than that posted on your site. Chrysler bullshit. That's what it is most of the time.

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  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Feb 15, 2008

    Unfortunately, primary sources are sometimes even more misleading than flacks. We should not draw too many conclusions from this yet.

  • Hltguy Hltguy on Feb 15, 2008

    "Bounced checks"? That is a serious matter, IF true. If true, why would Chrysler banks bounce their checks? No credit line back ups? No relationships with banks to avoid this? Again, this seems very serious, if true.

  • Mike frederick Mike frederick on Feb 15, 2008

    I also work in a GM stamping/metal fabrication plant.Sending out dies and the related tooling from one plant to another is common place in regards to a press' breaking down.Set-up time has actually dropped signifacantly as GM has moved away from "footprint" style lines to the transfer series that are more abundant. Whats really intresting to hear about the aforementioned press is that it had shuttered assy. production.Did someone not have the back-up plan?If taking the e-mail for what its worth,this press seems to have had a terminal breakdown.Main driveshafts do break with considerable time to allow for repair.It makes me ask the question "does this facality have the resources tobuy the equipment or parts." Maybe this is Chryslers attempt to outsource its stampings?

  • Virtual Insanity Virtual Insanity on Feb 16, 2008

    So we are taking emails from employees at the lower levels at face value know? If I send you an email from my company addy that everything is fine and dandy and the numbers you have are wrong and what not, will you publish that as well and take it as seriously?