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Windsor Plant to close until Feb. 1

by Bill Cawthon on

Due to a supplier problem, Chrysler’s Windsor, Ontario, plant will shut down until February 1.

According to Automotive News, CAW and Chrysler spokespersons would not identify the supplier. Ken Lewenza, president of the Canadian Auto Workers union said, “The reason is because if a supplier never lived up to their contract, then it could be legal ramifications. We let those guys hash it out legally.”

Speaking to the Windsor Star earlier today, CAW Local 444 president Rick LaPorte said, “It’s a piece for the key fob, so my understanding is that it’s a raw material issue. The good news is that it’s not an inventory adjustment problem or a lack of sales; it’s a good problem to have.”

Workers will collect 85 percent of their base pay during the shutdown.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.


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