Canadian Manufacturing

Chrysler supply problems force shift reductions in Windsor

Chrysler will begin rotating layoffs next week at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont. as it reacts to a supply problem with its new engines.



WINDSOR, Ont.—Chrysler will begin rotating layoffs next week at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont. as it reacts to a supply problem with its new engines.

The automaker said production of the Pentastar 3.7-litre V-6 engine has slowed at a plant in Trenton, Mich.

A Chrysler spokeswoman said the company continues to monitor the situation, and hopes the problem will be resolved in about a month.

Beginning Monday, the minivan plant will run two shifts instead of three for most weeks until engine product returns to normal.

The shifts will take turns in being idled for a week at a time.

An exception will be the week of Nov. 7 when there will be three shifts each of the working days apart from the Remembrance Day holiday.

The shortened schedule will resume for an additional week on Nov. 14.

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