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.

Stelco National Steel Sponsor for Mind Over Metal camps

 

Stelco has announced that it is the National Steel Sponsor for over 80 CWB Welding Foundation Mind Over Metal (MOM) camps that will run throughout Canada in 2018/19.

Ontario-made propellers for US Navy

An Ottawa, ON, manufacturer has developed a cost-effective machining process for complex impellers and propellers and just completed delivery of a series of its machined products for the US Navy. 

BC to see fastest growth, Quebec to follow: report

In yet another report about economic growth for Canada's provinces, BC is expected to post more than 3 per cent growth in the next two years followed by more modest growth by Quebec of 2.1 per cent in 2016 and 3 per cent in 2017, according to the latest figures in the Conference Board of Canada's latest Provincial Outlook.

Magna forming electric vehicle joint ventures in China

Magna International Inc. has announced that it is forming two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), China’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturer, to engineer and build EVs in China.

Hurco acquires Milltronics and Takumi

Hurco Companies Inc. has acquired two machine tool builders, Milltronics Manufacturing Co. and Takumi Machinery Co. Ltd.

University of Waterloo launches AI Institute

The University of Waterloo has launched the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute, which will pursue numerous new areas of research including manufacturing, autonomous systems and human-machine interaction.

DMG MORI Canada holds Technology Days

DMG MORI Canada held its Technology Days November 29 and 30 at its Mississauga facility.

Distributor gets Canadian exclusive for GF Machining Solutions

GF Machining Solutions has appointed Machine Tool Systems Inc. as its new exclusive Canadian distributor. The new deal takes effect July 16, 2016.

Manufacturing continues growth: 3rd consecutive month

Manufacturing continues to show signs of ongoing recovery in Canada suppored by the latest manufacturing numbers from Statistics Canada that point to a 3rd straight month of growth for manufacturing sales.

Canadian manufacturing sales rebound

After falling in October and November 2014, Canadian manufacturing sales rebound in December 1.7 per cent, exceeding market expectations of 0.9 per cent, according to the latest figures from Statistics Canada.

Canada's manufacturing recovery continues

August was another positive month overall for Canadian manufacturing’s recovery, as new orders and output both increased solidly, according to IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

EMEC, Milltronics sign distribution deal

Milltronics USA, Inc., and EMEC Machine Tools, Inc., have signed a partnership agreement for distribution, service, and support of Milltronics Machine Tools. EMEC will distribute Milltronics products on an exclusive basis across the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

US demand will drive metal stampings growth

A new report that states US demand for metal stampings will reach $47.5 billion in 2021 because of continued growth in US production for durable goods, may have a positive impact on Canadian manufacturers and create new opportunities for business.

DiPaolo lands Grob line for Eastern Canada

DiPaolo Machine Tools, Mississauga, ON, is the new distributor in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick for Grob Systems five axis universal machining centres, high volume production systems and assembly and testing equippment.

Aluminum welding training

For those interested in brushing up on their aluminum welding knowledge, The Lincoln Electric Co. is offering technical training through a selection of upcoming seminars.

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