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article imageChrysler Canada assembly plants shut down

By Bob Ewing     May 2, 2009 in Business
On Friday, Chrysler closed its Canadian assembly plants on a indefinite basis due to the company's bankruptcy protection filing the day before in the United States.
The assembly plants in Windsor and Brampton are now closed. The closure also affects parts suppliers.
There are approximately, 2,700 employees at the Brampton plant and 4,400 in Windsor affected by the shutdowns.
In Etobicoke a Chrysler parts plant is still operating, but it will shut down in 10 days, affecting 300 workers, said Mary Gauthier, a Chrysler spokeswoman.
"A number of suppliers have stopped shipment of parts to our manufacturing facilities," Gauthier said.
"This has halted operations in our Canadian assembly plants. We will continue to monitor operations and provide updates as available."
Chrysler LLC, the Canadian company's U.S. parent, said all of its plants would be closed down for 30 to 60 days while it went through restructuring under court-ordered creditor protection.
Chrysler Canada has not filed for bankruptcy protection.
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