Windsor Assembly Plant shutting down for 4 weeks amid microchip shortage, union says

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A weld curtain hangs between two operators working on the underbody of a Dodge Grand Caravan at the Windsor Assembly Plant to help maintain social distancing required to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Windsor, Ont., on May 8, 2020. (FCA/REUTERS - image credit)
A weld curtain hangs between two operators working on the underbody of a Dodge Grand Caravan at the Windsor Assembly Plant to help maintain social distancing required to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Windsor, Ont., on May 8, 2020. (FCA/REUTERS - image credit)

The Windsor Assembly Plant will be shut down for four weeks starting Monday, according to the union representing workers there.

"[The] Union has received word that the shortage of microchips that are crippling almost every auto company is now impacting us here at the Windsor Assembly Plant," stated Unifor Local 444 in a post on Facebook Thursday evening.

A shortage of semiconductors — the microchips needed in everything from military equipment to coffee makers — is causing delays around the world, disrupting supply chains for smartphones and causing major problems in the auto industry.

Dave Cassidy, president of Unifor Local 444, said the closure will affect the Stellantis plant in Windsor, as well as five feeder plants, potentially affecting as many as 6,500 workers from Unifor Local 444. Other facilities will be negatively impacted as well, he said.

"It's going to be a big downtime and we're going to see Windsor really negatively affected for the next month," he said.

Workers are directed to speak with their supervisor for more information.

A similar shutdown occurred in February, when the semiconductor shortage halted production for three weeks.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Stellantis said the automaker continues to work closely with suppliers to mitigate the effects of supply chain issues within the industry.

"Due to the unprecedented global microchip shortage, production at the Windsor Assembly Plant will be down beginning next week through late April," said Lou Ann Gosselin, head of communications for Stellantis Canada.