The Ontario Government has announced it will provide up to $85.8 million in funding for Fiat Chrysler’s Automotive Research and Development Centre (ARDC) at the University of Windsor in Windsor, ON.
Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne made the announcement this morning during a special ceremony in Windsor marking the 20th anniversary of the ARDC. The funding will aid the centre in future research endeavours and will also support advanced training for workers at FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant, which is tasked with building the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
The ARDC employs about 180 people at its 93,000 square metre facility. It’s there that various testing procedures are carried out, from road test and extreme weather simulations to night time headlight testing and more. The ARDC also works with other Ontario universities to conduct research on advanced powertrains, light-weighting and other auto industry hot topics.
“The University of Windsor is proud of its 20-year partnership with FCA Canada in ARDC, the country’s largest automotive research centre,” said U of W vice president Alan Wildeman. “As at every university and college in Ontario, we have researchers and creative minds that want to bring solutions to the challenges and opportunities that our province’s industries are navigating.”