Fiat Chrysler recently held a production launch event for media and executives at its Windsor, Ontario assembly plant where it builds the Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Usually politicians also attend such events, however FCA had one very good reason for not bringing them along, Automotive News reports.
Back in 2014, FCA looked to Canadian politicians to help soften the blow of the $2.6 billion investment in the Windsor plant. FCA ended up receiving no tax breaks or incentives to make the investment and instead paid for the overhaul entirely out of pocket.
AN said Jerry Dias, president of the union representing Canadian auto workers, called out the politicians at the production launch of the minivan. Dias said by not forking over some kind of incentive, politicians “”didn’t invest in this community (Windsor), and they didn’t invest in our jobs.”
The Chrysler Pacifica recently entered production at the Windsor facility, which will also still produce the Dodge Grand Caravan until as late as 2019. The Windsor plant has also been floated as a potential site to build the next-generation Chrysler 300.