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Etobicoke (Toronto) plant’s 50th birthday

by David Zatz on


In 1964, the year the Beatles came to North America, the Etobicoke (Ontario) plant was purchased by Chrysler Corporation to make  pistons and castings.  It had been built in 1942 to produce parts for military aircraft, and was expanded in 1965 and 1998 by Chrysler. The latter include a new piston cast process and new equipment for high-pressure die casting.

In 2010, the Company announced a $27.2 million investment for new tooling to produce front and rear crossmembers, along with quality, testing, and inspection improvements.


The plant employs over 500 people and covers 300,000 square feet; it makes aluminum die castings as well as crossmembers.  Employees have led an initiative to restore the plant (whose slogan is “Casting the vision for tomorrow”) over the last year.

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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