Ontario's provincial government must support a proposed Chrysler group assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, by May 1 or the company will look elsewhere, COO Wolfgang Bernhard says.
"In the next four weeks we basically have to call the shots," he said on Wednesday, April 2. "The government is the only issue." Bernhard would not elaborate on the negotiations.
At stake is an innovative plant that would start assembling a production version of the Dodge M80 concept, a small pickup, in 2005. Chrysler has asked major suppliers to participate in building and owning the plant.
Chrysler is up against the government's reluctance to aid corporations, said Buzz Hargrove, Canadian Auto Workers president, on Thursday, April 3.
"It could slip away from us if something is not done," he said.
"Whether we like it or not, these are the rules today if you want new investment and new jobs."
The proposed plant is expected to generate as many as 1,000 Chrysler jobs and 1,500 supplier jobs.
Calls to the Canadian ministry of industry seeking comment on the negotiations between the government and Chrysler were not returned.