Rockford Register Star reports that Chrysler intends to expand its Belvidere plant by 500,000 square feet to accommodate a larger body shop. Building might begin as early as this summer, and require 20,000 or more construction work hours. How many manufacturing jobs the expansion might ultimately create is not yet known.

This must be really good news for our neighbors employed at Johnson Controls, too. Bless.

This does not affect the plant’s annual 2-week summer shutdown, which begins July 12.