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...rambling rants, thoughts and musings on mostly political topics - from your late night blogger.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Out with the old, in with the new 
(en francais)

An aging truck plant with a large workforce, vehicle production of approximately 70 per day:
Sterling strike starts in St. Thomas
By Tim Parry

Feb 24, 2003 12:00 PM

Freightliner LLC's Sterling Truck assembly plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, was shut down by a strike Friday after the DaimlerChrysler subsidiary and the Canadian Auto Workers(CAW) union failed to come to terms over health benefits.
Versus a new greenfield plant and a small, flexible workforce producing approximately 3 to 5 vehicles a day to begin:
Toyota plans Ontario truck plant near Woodstock factory

Affiliate Hino Motors has ambitious growth targets

Christine Tierney / The Detroit News

Hino Motors Ltd., Toyota Motor Corp.'s truck-manufacturing affiliate, is expected to announce plans soon to build a small production facility in southwestern Ontario as part of its strategy to boost sales sharply in North America.

Hino will set up the facility near a $600 million auto assembly plant Toyota is building in Woodstock, Ontario, according to people familiar with the situation. The auto plant is scheduled to open in 2008.
Who do you think will be around in 10 years?

Windsor will never again be the manufacturing centre that it was in years past. Manufacturing jobs are being shed from Ontario as fast as the seasons change. No amount of corporate welfare, tax breaks and incentives is going to change things in the the long term. Research and Development remains the key for our future and we're already 10 years behind. Brownfield site rehabilitation and re-development is also a growth industry in North America and something we need to begin dealing with very soon.

WE Speak at 6:08 a.m.    | en francais | Go to Top|

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