Chrysler Group LLC is set to hire 1,600 workers in Illinois next week.
Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne is expected to make the announcement during a visit to the auto maker’s Belvidere assembly plant Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Detroit based automaker is shifting the plant over from production of the Dodge Caliber to the new Dodge Dart, a compact sedan, along with the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
In 2011, Chrysler, now under the control of Italian automaker Fiat SpA, invested more than $600 million in the Belvidere plant with help from state incentives to build a 638,000-square-foot body shop for the Dart.
Chrysler has already started accepting applications for 400 to 500 permanent positions to help launch the Dodge Dart.
About 2,700 work at the Belvidere plant, where the company also makes the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
The Dart is expected to arrive in showrooms this spring.