Canada: Production ends at GM's Windsor plant


General Motors' plant in Windsor, Ontario, produced its last transmission on 28 July. The closure of this plant, GM's last in Windsor, ends 90 years of production in Windsor for GM.

This plant produced transmissions for the Pontiac G5 and the Chevrolet Cobalt. The closure of the facility translates into 500 workers losing their jobs.

"After today, there will be no more GM in Windsor and that is an unfortunate situation. But it is the reality of the auto industry in North America, so we have got to really just go on with our lives," The Associated Press quotes the plant's senior human resources administrator, Dan Garneau as saying.

At one point, GM employed more than 7,000 people in Windsor, and was one of the biggest employers. In May 2008, however, the OEM laid off 1,400 workers in Windsor, and announced its decision to close the plant.

Although GM has exited Windsor, it still has other facilities in Canada. These are located in Oshawa, Ingersoll and St. Catharines, Ontario.