The DaimlerChrysler van assembly plant in Windsor Ontario, which employs 2000 workers, is a likely target for permanent shut-down as part of DC's North American restructuring plan according to Canada's Financial Post.

Chrysler announced earlier this year that it would invest $Can1.5 billion dollars into revamping its Pillette Road factory, so that it could manufacture a new Dodge vehicle.

Since the announcement however several plans for vehicles have been scrapped including plans for a Dodge-badged Sports Utility Vehicle.

Daimler Chrysler has not confirmed plans to shut the plant down, but the business paper has cited industry watchers predicting the permanent closure of the Pillette plant, as part of a restructuring programme for North America.

If the speculation is true, it would be the first closure of a Canadian Chrysler auto plant since 1980, when the company shut an engine plant in Windsor making more than 1,000 employees jobless.

This month Chrysler will cease production in eight North American plants for a week, including the Pillette Road plant and a sedan plant in Brampton, Ontario, which employs 4,200 workers.

Chrysler has also cut hours at its minivan plant in Windsor which has 6,400 employees.