Stellantis Eliminates Shift At Windsor Auto Plant And Cuts 1,800 Jobs

Stellantis is downgrading its Windsor, Ontario automotive assembly plant to one shift and eliminating 1,800 jobs.

The company, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, says the move comes as the automotive industry grapples with significant headwinds including the semiconductor shortage and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.

The downgrade to one shift from two comes after Stellantis cut the third shift at its Windsor-based minivan plant in 2020 and eliminated 1,500 jobs.

Stellantis says it will cut the second shift beginning in the spring of 2022 but reaffirmed its commitment in the 2020 collective agreement with the local Unifor union to spend upwards of $1.5 billion at the plant.

The automotive industry has been grappling with a significant shortage of computer chips, pushing manufacturers to prioritize high-margin vehicles such as pick-up trucks and SUVs and cut back production of sedans and minivans.

The Stellantis Windsor plant produces the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager and Chrysler Grand Caravan minivans.