TORONTO -- About 165 employees at Wescast Industries' Wingham, Ontario, machining plant went on strike Thursday, affecting production at the auto parts company that supplies major manufacturers including Ford and Nissan.
Employees at the plant in southwestern Ontario, whose contract expired July 1, walked off the job early Thursday after talks over a new contract failed.
Wescast of Brantford, Ontario, makes exhaust manifolds for cars and light trucks. The Wingham plant supplies parts to customers including Ford Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co..
Mark Goetz, president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 4207, said talks collapsed primarily over benefits issues.
"We're miles apart yet on wages and benefits," Goetz said. "This could be dragged out. The company's taken a hard stance also."
Wescast executives did not immediately return calls.