Chrysler Group is planning to source new products at its Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant, raising speculation about the market timing of its next-generation minivan, a Canadian newspaper reported.
Chrysler Canada management has notified union officials at the Windsor Assembly Plant -- which builds the Chrysler Town and Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram Cargo Van, Lancia Grand Voyager and Volkswagen Routan -- that it’s in line for new products, a union rep told the Windsor Star.
“We’re waiting for an official announcement that could come any time now,” Mike Lovric, Unifor Local 444 vice president, told the paper Wednesday.
Lovric said he also received a 2014 production schedule showing layoff weeks planned for November and December, but that’s subject to change.
The scheduled downtime could be used to retool the plant for new models, union officials believe.
A earlier version of the production schedule had a shutdown slated for the summer of 2014, Lovric told the Windsor Star.
The Windsor site employs nearly 5,000 workers, according to Chrysler.
Through November, the plant assembled 127,573 Town and Country models and 160,976 Caravans, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
A Chrysler Canada spokesman told Automotive News in an e-mail today that the automaker doesn’t comment on future product or production schedules.