MILTON, ONTARIO - Johnson Controls Inc. plans to boost its Canadian seat production capacity with a new plant in Milton, about 50 miles west of Toronto. JCI announced May 30 it will spend $10.5 million on the Milton plant, a 160,000-square-foot facility capable of making 120,000 complete seat systems per year. The just-in-time operation will supply Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.'s Corolla assembly plant in nearby Cambridge, Ontario.
JCI's current seat plant in Orangeville, Ontario, supplies 85,000 seat systems for Toyota Corollas. JCI will switch the Toyota work to Milton and focus Orangeville on making seats for Chrysler Corp. vehicles such as Concorde, LHS, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision.
The new Milton facility will start production in September 1997. JCI estimates it will employ about 120. JCI's Orangeville facility employs about 300. The firm's seating division is based in Plymouth, Mich.
Toyota is expanding its Cambridge assembly operation at a cost of about C$600 million (US$438 million). Company officials would not confirm reports that Toyota will introduce other models at the plant, which has focused on Corolla production.