Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ $3.7 billion investment in extensive upgrades at the Windsor Assembly Plant as well as the new minivan program has created an additional 1,200 jobs at the facility, FCA CEO Reid Bigland said Thursday.
The additional hiring brings to about 6,000 the total number of people employed at the Windsor plant and more than 11,000 at FCA’s Canadian operations, Bigland said as he unveiled the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.
Citing the one-to-nine assembly job spinoff ratio, Bigland said FCA’s Canadian manufacturing footprint translates into about 100,000 jobs across the country.
“I’m very proud to know that almost 100,000 Canadians are dependent upon our organization for their livelihood,” he said.
Bigland said the additional hiring began about nine months ago amid the company’s plans to not only build the new minivan and its plug-in hybrid version, but continue production of the lower-priced Dodge Grand Caravan.
The $3.7 billion “is truly an unprecedented amount of investment for the disproportionate benefit of our Canadian operation,” he said, adding it paid for the plant’s three-month retooling, development of the electric minivan as well as all-new platform, capable of building a variety of vehicles.
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Source: The Windsor Star