The Grand Caravans, 300s and Chargers could be rolling off the assembly lines at Chrysler Canada assembly plants here within three weeks following a two-month shutdown as the company’s parent pulls away from bankruptcy court protection with a new partner.
Although Chrysler would not confirm dates, the Canadian Auto Workers union said yesterday company officials have suggested privately to them they want to reopen the minivan plant in Windsor, a big car operation in Brampton and an engine casting factory in suburban Etobicoke by June 29.
“There’s no official notification yet, but we are optimistic the plants will be up and running by the end of the month,” said Jerry Dias, a senior CAW senior official.
“The company hopes to start by then.”
About 8,700 production and skilled workers at Chrysler Canada Inc.’s operations here have been off the job since the end of April, when the parent company gained temporary court protection from creditors in the United States.
Thousands of other workers at scores of parts makers that supply the assembly plants have also remained idled.
Chrysler had wanted to build autos during a 30- to 60-day bankruptcy period, but the uncertainty over the process and payments prompted some edgy suppliers to stop deliveries. It disrupted operations here and in the U.S., where about 27,000 other workers are also on layoff.
Chrysler spokespersons said yesterday they had no information on specific reopening dates at individual plants.