Chrysler Cuts 1200 Jobs at Its Canadian Plant
Michigan based Auto giant Chrysler LLC has announced that it is cutting its entire third shift at it's minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario indefinitely, affecting about 1,200 jobs.
The company said Wednesday these employees will be placed on indefinite layoff no sooner than June 24th.
"Given today's severe economic environment and continued lack of consumer credit, which has affected the minivan market as well, we cannot sustain a three-shift operation at Windsor as we continue to work towards the appropriate level of plant utilization," said executive Frank J. Ewasyshyn.
In the United States, where the bulk of the Windsor plant's Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country vans are shipped, sales in February were worse than expected, falling 41% year-over-year.
The Chrysler move is the second blow in as many days to southern Ontario's industrial economy. On Tuesday, U.S. Steel Canada announced a shutdown of former Stelco steelmaking operations in Hamilton and Nanticoke, affecting 1,500 jobs.