Closure of Sterling Truck Huge Blow to Region, CAW President says

    TORONTO, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - This morning's closure announcement of Sterling
Truck in St. Thomas, Ontario is devastating news for the workers and their
families and will have dramatic consequences for the community, CAW President
Ken Lewenza said.
    The region has already been plagued by manufacturing job loss with shift
reductions at Ford's St. Thomas assembly plant and recent lay-offs at
Magna-owned Formet Industries and 3M in London.
    The March 2009 closure of Sterling will mean the loss of 1,300 jobs at
the plant. Approximately 700 of these workers will be laid off as of
November 4. At its peak the facility employed 2,200 people.
    "This is another example of the loss of hundreds highly-skilled,
family-supporting jobs which cannot be replaced by the slew of recently
created part-time jobs," said Lewenza.
    "This is the direct result of the Conservative government's complete lack
of vision for the Canadian auto industry and manufacturing sector as a whole
and should not be forgotten. These jobs are crucial to the economic health of
our country."
    This will also mean greater job loss across the region as more spin off
jobs are lost in the parts industry, said Lewenza.
    Around the same time the Sterling plant closes, the company will be
opening a new plant in Mexico, a move that Lewenza says is no coincidence.

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