Unifor officials representing employees at Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton Assembly plant have expressed concern they could lose Chrysler 300 production to the automaker’s Windsor Assembly plant.
During a media event in Windsor last week, Marchionne suggested that the next-generation Chrysler 300 could share a platform with the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. The 300 currently shares a platform with the Dodge Challenger and Charger and is made alongside the muscle cars in Brampton, however if the new car were to switch the front-wheel drive Pacifica platform it could theoretically be made in Windsor instead.
“(The Windsor plant is) capable (of building the next-gen 300), but that’s not a commitment,” Marchionne was quoted in saying Friday.
The vague remarks incited some panic over at the Brampton plant, with employees calling on Marchionne to elaborate on the statements.
“We’re hoping to get more clarification from the company,” said Unifor rep Leon Rideout. “We’ve had members sending emails, even to (Unifor national president) Jerry Dias concerned about what’s going on at the plant.”
Rideout noted the Brampton plant is out-of-date and would need significant investment in order to accommodate production of an all-new model, a fact that represents a stark contrast to the recently updated Windsor facility.
“The paint shop is over 30 years old; that’s huge,” Rideout said. “The body shop hasn’t had major work done since 1998.”
When approached for comment, FCA Canada spokswoman Lou Ann Gosselin said the automaker had “nothing to announce,” at this time.
Via The Windsor Star