Investing In Innovation And Skills For A Strong Ontario
New Auto Investment Will Secure High-Value Jobs For Ontarians
WINDSOR -- New investments by DaimlerChrysler in its Windsor and Brampton plants show that Ontario continues to attract the high-skill jobs needed to compete and win in the highly competitive automotive industry, says Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"This is great news for people in Windsor, Brampton and right across Ontario," said Premier McGuinty. "We've always said our people are our greatest asset -- and DaimlerChrysler has proven that by choosing to invest here."
The Premier joined employees and executives at a special ceremony marking DaimlerChrysler's investment of $768 million in Ontario -- an investment supported by $76.8 million from Ontario's Automotive Investment Strategy. In the past two years, the government's strategic investments have attracted over $5.5 billion in new auto investment by supporting skills training, innovation, public infrastructure, new environmental technologies and energy efficiencies.
"The support of the Ontario and federal governments is instrumental in building the business case for new investments in our Canadian operations," said Tom LaSorda, President and CEO of the Chrysler Group. "With these new investments, DaimlerChrysler's Canadian manufacturing and R&D operations will continue to play a critical role in the company's global drive to achieving industry-leading products and benchmark operations."
"At the end of the day, this new investment is a combination of government involvement, a responsible new collective agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers union (ratified in September 2005), and ultimately, the market response to the products the Chrysler Group manufactures in Canada," said LaSorda.
The McGuinty government's investment also supports:
- Third-shift operations and skills training at the company's Brampton facility
- Increasing manufacturing flexibility and putting in place new technologies at the Windsor plant
- Transforming paint shop operations with new environmental technologies
- The Automotive Research and Development Centre, a partnership between Daimler Chrysler and the University of Windsor.
"We're working very aggressively to prepare our workforce to manage every generation of technology in auto design and assembly," said Minister of Economic Development and Trade Joseph Cordiano. "This is how we'll compete in the knowledge economy -- and we're on the right track."
"We are determined to build the best-educated, most highly skilled and productive workforce in North America," said Premier McGuinty. "By supporting a competitive, strong auto industry, we will build a stronger and more prosperous province -- and a quality of life that is second to none."