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Engine shortage results in rotating layoffs for Chrysler Windsor plant

October 25, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Chrysler started rotating layoffs at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., this week, as it reacts to a supply problem with its new engines.

The automaker said production of the Pentastar 3.7-litre V-6 engine has slowed at a plant in Trenton, Mich.

A Chrysler spokeswoman said the company continues to monitor the situation and hopes the problem will be resolved in about a month.

The minivan plant is now running two shifts instead of three for most weeks until engine output returns to normal.


The shifts will take turns in being idled for a week at a time.

An exception will be the week of November 7, when there will be three shifts each of the working days apart from the Remembrance Day holiday. 

The shortened schedule will resume for an additional week on November 14.

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