Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has decided to hit the pause button on its minivan production plant in Ontario for a week with effect from October 19 to “adjust inventories”.
The company is set to resume production once the inventories are set in place by November 5. FCA Canada spokeswoman Lou Ann Gosselin stated that the plant normally operates five days a week with three shifts per day which was recently operating six days a week. However, the company has been tight-lipped about the working hours after the plant resumes production.
“We only disclose our production schedule one week at a time,” Gosselin said. FCA’s plant in Ontario builds the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica, including its hybrid versions. Through September, reports suggest that the company had sold 91,595 Pacificas in the United States, up 6.1 percent over the first nine months of 2017. Meanwhile, Grand Caravan sales had a surge of 12 percent over the same period last year totalling to 120,935 units.
Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy, who represents about 5000 hourly work hours at the plant, told one of the news agencies that several supply plants are expected to be affected by the shutdown.
“We have a couple of feeder plants that produce for other companies but the majority of our feeder plants will be negatively affected for sure,” said Cassidy.