A large Collins & Aikman Canada Inc. plastics plant is slated to close.
The quality-award-winning facility in Guelph, Ontario, employs more than 500. Workers were told Jan. 15 that the plant will close, though at deadline, an exact closing date was unavailable. A union spokesman told a local newspaper it could happen in April.
The Guelph facility counts Chrysler LLC as a key customer. Nearly 40 employees were laid off in November when Chrysler stopped making its Pacifica crossover sport utility vehicle in Windsor, Ontario, according to the Guelph Mercury.
Workers at the plant are represented by Canadian Auto Workers Local 1917. The union is trying to save the plant by finding a buyer or convincing C&A to keep it open. Union officials were unavailable to comment on any progres. Company officials did not return telephone calls.
The 240,000-square-foot Guelph operation injection molds components and instrument panels. It started in 1986 and belonged to Textron Automotive before C&A bought it several years ago.
The operation has won quality awards from automotive original equipment manufacturers and in 2003 won a best plant award from Industry Week magazine. The award focused on Guelph's efficiency improvements. In the three years ended in 2003, the business cut a typical customer's costs by 34.6 percent. Tool-change time fell from 90 minutes to 34 minutes.
C&A has been divesting and closing plants since it declared bankruptcy in 2005.