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Chrysler minivan plant back online

Keywords: Tags  Chysler, Windsor, Ontario, minivan, supplier, strike, supply chain, disruption instrument panel

TORONTO — Chrysler Group LLC’s minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, resumed operations Monday afternoon following an earlier shutdown caused by a labor disruption at a supplier company’s facility, a Chrysler spokeswoman told AMM.

Workers at Dakkota Integrated Systems accepted on Monday a three-year labor agreement during a revote, according to an update on the website of Canadian Auto Workers union Local 444, bringing the company’s brief strike to an end.

"Afternoon shifts are to report to work today; production will resume," the union said on the site. Dakkota supplies instrument panels for Chrysler minivans, AMM understands.

A spokeswoman for Chrysler confirmed Monday that the company had temporarily shut down operations at the plant due to a strike at the parts supplier but that it was back online by Monday afternoon.

"Our first today shift was canceled; that’s it. (The) afternoon shift reported," the Chrysler spokeswoman said.

"These are not our negotiations," she added, noting that Chrysler had been handling the impact from the strike on a "shift by shift" basis.

The Windsor facility makes the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ram Cargo Van, Lancia Grand Voyager and Volkswagen Routan, according to Chrysler’s website.

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