FCA expansion creates new jobs for auto parts suppliers

Friday, December 18, 2015

CBC News

Increased minivan production at the Windsor Assembly Plant has created hundreds of new jobs for auto-parts suppliers in the region and more are on their way, say union officials.

Nearly 300 new jobs have been created in the last six months at several manufacturing sites, such as Integram and Oakley, according to estimates from Unifor Local 444. That number could climb to more than 400 next year as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unveils its new 2016 Town and Country minivan and once again bumps up production levels.

"They're all basically doing some work with reference to hiring individuals to make sure they have enough persons in their facility to build the products for the demand at the Windsor Assembly Plant," Unifor Local 444 President Dino Chiodo said.

Few details have been released by FCA about the exact number of new jobs at the Windsor Assembly Plant, but the company said it will be much more than the 600 positions already projected. Combine those figures with the new jobs at feeder plants and there's significant potential to finally reduce unemployment figures in Windsor, according to Chiodo.

"I think the numbers will start to reduce," he said. "I think the numbers will come down in 2016. There's nobody hiring like we're hiring at the Windsor Assembly Plant or any of the feeder plants, so it's an exciting time for us."