The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan, seen here on display at the 2020 Montréal International Auto Show. Click image to enlarge

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced it will cut the third shift at its Windsor Assembly Plant at the end of June 2020, impacting about 1,500 jobs.

The 4.4 million square-foot facility in Windsor, Ont., employs 5,844 people on three shifts making the Chrysler Pacifica SUV and Chrysler Voyager and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.

In March 2019, FCA announced it would furlough the shift later that year. After meetings between Unifor and federal and provincial officials, FCA extended production while conducting monthly evaluations of the shift's viability.  

"Unifor is very disappointed that FCA was unable to find a solution that would have avoided job losses," said Unifor national president Jerry Dias.

"There is no doubt that investment in Canadian production will be a priority during negotiations with the Detroit Three but we will also be continuing the conversation with all levels of government about the need for a national auto strategy to stabilize and grow this key sector," said Dias.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. It will enter into collective bargaining with FCA, General Motors and Ford in the summer of 2020.

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Autodesk completes Delcam acquisition

Autodesk Inc., San Rafael, CA, has completed its acquisition of Delcam, the Birmingham, England CAM software supplier. (Delcam Canada is based in Windsor, ON.)

Autodesk announced its intent to acquire Delcam last November.

"The acquisition of Delcam is an important step in Autodesk's continued expansion into manufacturing and fabrication and beyond our roots in design. Together with Delcam we look forward to accelerating the development of a more comprehensive Digital Prototyping solution and delivering a better manufacturing experience," says Buzz Kross, senior vice president for Design, Lifecycle and Simulation products. "We welcome the Delcam employees, customers, partners and community to Autodesk."

Business Outlook

This transaction is expected to have no impact on Autodesk's guidance issued on November 26, 2013. Autodesk expects this transaction to be dilutive to its non-GAAP earnings in fiscal 2015 and accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in fiscal 2016.

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Hypertherm becomes employee owned

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