CCI constructs Toledo Molding and Die plant

Belvidere Fiat Chrysler supplier revs up for spring production

BELOIT, Wisconsin – As Fiat Chrysler retools its Belvidere manufacturing plant for the arrival of the Jeep Cherokee, a parts supplier is preparing its new facility just across the Wisconsin line.

Toledo Molding and Die Inc., based in Ohio, is putting final touches on its 105,000-square-foot building in the city’s Wisconsin Stateline Industrial Park at Willowbrook and Stateline roads near Interstate 90/39.

Early production and testing is expected to begin in February, according to company officials. Production likely will ramp up in early spring.

The plant supplies plastic parts for the Jeep Cherokee.

Toledo will bring 118 jobs to the region. The company has nine facilities in the U.S. and Mexico.

Although there is open commercial space closer to Belvidere on the Illinois side of the border, Toledo found Wisconsin to be a better fit, according to Dave Spotts, the company’s chief operating officer.

“One of the main things we look for is a good workforce; we feel we had that in the Beloit area,” Spotts said. “The state and local communities worked with us to help start the facility. It was a combination of those factors.”