Johnson Controls To Shutter Canadian Plant

After losing a contract to supply headliners for Chrysler minivans, auto parts maker confirms it will close a plant near Windsor, Ont., at the end of March.

LAKESHORE, Ont. (CP) -- An auto parts plant near Windsor, Ont., confirms it will close its doors at the end of March.

Johnson Controls, located in Lakeshore, says 130 active and laid off workers will be absorbed into the Chrysler minivan plant in Windsor.

The Lakeshore facility manufactures overhead components, or headliners, for the Chrysler minivans but has lost that contract.

Canadian Auto Workers Local 444 president Rick Laporte says the headliners will now be manufactured in Port Huron, Mich.

Laporte says the Johnson Controls workers will be considered new hires at the Windsor assembly plant and have the lowest seniority.

In late November, more than 90 per cent of the Johnson Controls workers in Lakeshore voted in favour of a new contract.

It included job security, improved benefits and a one-time productivity payment, but no boost in wages.

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