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May 12, 2008

CANADA: GM to axe Windsor transmission plant

General Motors of Canada on Monday said its Windsor Transmission plant would close in the second quarter of 2010 after current four-speed front wheel drive transmission production requirements are completed.

General Motors of Canada on Monday said its Windsor Transmission plant would close in the second quarter of 2010 after current four-speed front wheel drive transmission production requirements are completed.

“Despite efforts and discussions with GM’s labour and government partners, the company has determined that its North American market outlook and product plans, including the shift from four-speed to more fuel efficient six-speed transmissions do not offer replacement products for the Windsor plant in the 2010 timeframe. Accordingly the plant will close in the second quarter of 2010,” the automaker said in a statement.

GM said it would work with employees and the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union “to develop appropriate transition plans for plant employees following the end of production in 2010”.

Built in 1963, the transmission plant builds front wheel drive four-speed transmissions for export to the US and Mexico.

It currently has about 1,400 employees.

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