Nemak’s aluminum engine block casting operation in Windsor, ON, will be idled January 19, as a result of General Motors Corp.’s capacity cuts and consequent decline in production requirements. In December, GM reduced its production plan by up to 300,000 units, which a Nemak spokeswoman indicates will represent a cut of about 51% in the Windsor plant’s production plans.
In Windsor, Nemak produces aluminum cylinder heads and engine blocks for GM and Ford Motor Co. A plant in nearby Essex, ON, has been scheduled to close in March. The Windsor plant is a one of 29 manufacturing facilities worldwide for the Monterrey, Mexico-based organization.
About 150 workers reportedly will be laid off once Nemak reduces its operations in Windsor. About 400 are due to lose their jobs once the Essex plant closes.