Former Neelon Castings heading for China: Where is the Government? Steelworkers ask

    SUDBURY, ON, April 2 /CNW/ - Once considered one of Sudbury's major
employers, the former Neelon Castings, now Affinia Canada Corp., says it is
pulling up stakes in June and moving production to China, putting 220 members
of the United Steelworkers (USW) out of work.
    USW Ontario Director Wayne Fraser said the impact of the closure on the
community will be severe.
    "Where is the Minister of Northern Development on this?" asked Fraser.
"Rick Bartolucci is the Liberal MPP for Sudbury and has not stepped forward to
try and stop this job-killing move."
    Fraser said the company has no commitment to the community or to the
workers, many of whom have worked at the plant for decades.
    "It's time governments at all levels stepped in to stop these
carpetbaggers from taking over viable enterprises that pay decent wages, only
to disappear at the drop of a hat. It's a disgrace. And it has to stop."
    Affinia Canada Corp. is part of auto parts giant Affinia Group Inc., the
162nd largest private company in the US, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    The USW represents more than 280,000 men and women working in every
sector of Canada's economy.

For further information:

For further information: Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792, (416) 577-4045;
Gerry Loranger (staff representative), (705) 675-2461, Ext. 225

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