Sen. Stadelman

ROCKFORD — State Senator Steve Stadelman joined local leaders to celebrate the long awaited reopening of the Belvidere Assembly Plant, which has been idled since February, after United Auto Workers and Stellantis came to a tentative agreement.

“This is a major win for the city of Belvidere and the UAW,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “Our manufacturing and organized labor industries are the backbone of our country. By coming to this agreement, we can ensure UAW members have access to higher wages and better benefits, keeping good-paying jobs in Illinois.”

The agreement is the result of collaboration between auto workers, Stellantis executives, UAW representatives, the state of Illinois and the White House. Other efforts that enabled a solution for Belvidere and supported further economic development in Illinois include the passage of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act and Reimagining Energy and Vehicles Act, which Stadelman was a sponsor.

The tentative agreement includes:­

  • The reopening and removal of “idle” status for the Belvidere auto plant
  • A plan from Stellantis to build a new EV battery plant and support electric truck manufacturing at existing facilities with incentives from the state
  • The employment of 3,000 auto workers with higher wages and expanded benefits

For more information on the tentative agreement, people can visit

Sen. Stadelman