Automotive Investment Strategy Supports New Minivan Production At
WINDSOR, ON, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The launch today of two new minivans at
Chrysler's Windsor assembly plant shows that Ontario workers have the skills
and know-how to compete with the world and win new investments for the
province's auto industry, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Our auto investment strategy makes the most of the skills and know-how
of Ontario's workers and Chrysler's investment shows that this approach is
delivering the best jobs at the highest pay," said Premier McGuinty. "Our
government is working with the auto sector so the next generation of vehicles
will be researched, developed and built in Ontario."
Chrysler has invested more than $600 million in its Windsor assembly
operations that build the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Caravan and Chrysler
Pacifica. The investment was part of a $768 million package for the company's
Windsor and Brampton plants and the company's Automotive Research and
Development Centre - a partnership with the University of Windsor. Ontario's
Automotive Investment Strategy provided $76.8 million. This investment helped
retain Windsor's status as the flagship minivan plant for Chrysler.
The Chrysler investment will support innovation and skills development
- Increasing manufacturing flexibility and using new technology at the
- Transforming paint shop operations with new environmental
- Creating the Automotive Research and Development Centre, a
partnership between Chrysler and the University of Windsor
- Training workers in advanced manufacturing at the company's Brampton
"Having a Premier who believes in and understands Ontario's auto industry
is bringing results - we've been the top North American vehicle-producing
jurisdiction for three years straight," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of
Economic Development and Trade.
"These new minivans, together with our flexible assembly line and
environmentally advanced paint shop, illustrate the future for our company,"
said Chrysler Canada President and CEO Reid Bigland. "Today's announcement is
the result of a productive partnership between Chrysler, our employees and
government to make Ontario the place where we build leading products for our
"I'm proud of the efforts by the McGuinty government to work directly
with automakers and autoworkers to ensure this industry thrives in Ontario for
decades to come," said Dwight Duncan, MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh.
Today's announcement is just one more example of how, working together,
Ontarians are achieving results for Ontario's manufacturing industry. Other
- A new $650-million Next Generation Jobs Fund that will leverage
investments in green technologies to help to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and address climate change
- The Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy that has leveraged more
than $7 billion in new investments and anchored thousands of high-
value jobs and
- The Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy that promotes the use
of leading-edge technologies and processes, generating more than $500
million in new investment and supporting the creation or retention of
more than 3,500 jobs.
"The auto sector is a key pillar of Ontario's economy - and the skills,
productivity and hard work of our people are making Ontario proud and strong,"
said Premier McGuinty. "Our government will continue making the investments in
skills and innovation that will keep Ontario on top. Together, we can create
the jobs that will provide families with a great quality of life."
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