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Stellantis to cut Ontario minivan plant down to one shift in spring 2022

Stellantis will rework its Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant into a a person-shift procedure commencing in the spring of 2022, the automaker introduced late Friday.

The company didn’t say when a person of the two remaining shifts will be slashed, but it did blame the ongoing semiconductor scarcity and COVID-19 pandemic for the transform.

Apart from some shifts operate in late Could and early June, the Windsor Assembly Plant was down from March 29 to July five, because of to the worldwide microchip scarcity. It was then down yet again from Aug. sixteen by means of Sept. 26, but had been working regularly this drop.

About 4,five hundred people, the vast majority of them Unifor members, build the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Chrysler Grand Caravan in Canada, as perfectly as the Chrysler Voyager for the U.S. market.

The reduce will have an affect on one,800 careers, the company told Automotive Information Canada.

“In response to these aspects, Stellantis will alter creation functions at its Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) in Canada,” the company explained. “Beginning in the spring of 2022, WAP will changeover to a a person-shift procedure.”

“The company reaffirms its WAP financial commitment determination outlined in the 2020 Collective Agreement of up to $one.five billion [Canadian dollars],” or about $one.21 billion.