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Words from Windsor: shutdown, 2012 pilots

by David Zatz on


The Windsor minivan plant is closing due to a parts shortage this week, according to the Windsor Star (thanks, erhemi). The shutdown appears to be for one week, and affects the only Chrysler plant on three shifts; the cause is the lack of Chinese parts (which have also idled at least one Ford plant), as the ports closed due to the New Year celebrations.

A source within the plant added that six initial 2012 model-year pilot vans were built recently; and that the plant has 23 days worth of orders.

The source said that Saturday production was not forecast for the 2011 model year vans for the moment, due to raw material shortages; and that there is a three eight-hour shift system with “tag relief” — the line doesn’t stop between shifts — including two nine-minute breaks, and a 22-minute lunch, resulting in over 500 units per shift. No CAW workers are on layoff; a yearly paid absence allowance totals 80 hours (ten days), and the last applicant “off the street” was hired in 2000. Temporary part-time student workers are also used.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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