More Six-Speed Automatics Coming as GM Announces Plan to Close 4-Speed Transmission Plant

Following discussions during ongoing contract bargaining with the CAW, General Motors of Canada recently announced the Windsor Transmission plant will cease operation in the second quarter of 2010. This is when current 4-speed front wheel drive transmission production mandates are completed.

Despite efforts and discussions with GM's labor and government partners, the company has determined that its North American market outlook and product plans, including the shift from 4-speed to more fuel efficient 6-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.

"This extremely difficult decision is in no way any reflection on our excellent Windsor workforce or their outstanding track record in producing great transmissions," said GM Canada President Arturo Elias. "We have worked extensively with our labour and government partners but have been led to the unavoidable conclusion that there are no available replacement products in the relevant timeframe for this location."

GM Canada made the announcement to its salaried and hourly employees today. GM will now work closely with salaried and hourly employees, the CAW national and CAW Local 1973 to develop appropriate transition plans for plant employees following the end of production in 2010.

Built in 1963, the Windsor Transmission Plant builds front wheel drive 4-speed transmissions for export to the U.S. and Mexico. The transmissions are installed in regular and hybrid versions (Malibu, Vue and Aura) in medium and small vehicles, including Pontiac G5 and G6, Chevrolet Cobalt, Malibu and HHR, and Saturn Aura and Vue. The plant currently employs about 1,400 employees.

Source: GM

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