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Windsor Fire Fighters Receive Record-setting Delivery of Hundreds of Brand New Toys Donated on Behalf of FCA Windsor Assembly Plant Employees Giving Thousands of Local Children a Happy Holiday

Windsor Fire & Rescue Services headquarters receive ultimate stocking stuffer as FCA Windsor Assembly Plant employees deliver several Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans overfilled with new toys valued at nearly $20,000 for “Sparky’s Toy Drive”
Sparky’s Toy Drive provides toys to over 3,000 kids from roughly 1,200 families in Windsor-Essex County annually
Windsor Assembly Plant employee toy drive campaign marks 13th year of giving largest campaign of its kind in Windsor-Essex

December 8, 2015 , Windsor, Ontario -

Residents of Windsor-Essex County may have had to take a double look today if they thought they saw Santa Claus and his reindeer parading hundreds of toys down city streets. The Windsor Fire Department was thrilled to have its downtown Windsor headquarters overflow with a special delivery from the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant for the Windsor Firefighters’ Annual “Sparky’s Toy Drive.”

A record-setting donation of brand new toys valued over $19,400 by plant employees arrived at the fire station in several Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans decorated with the holiday spirit in mind. Following their delivery, they will then be distributed across the local area providing a happy holiday season for thousands young boys and girls from families demonstrating financial need.

“Year after year the employees from the FCA Windsor Assembly Plant have surpassed our highest expectations and this year is no different as we are ever grateful for this special delivery of donated toys to our headquarters today,” said Sean Costello, Sparky’s Toy Drive Coordinator, Windsor Fire Department. “Sparky’s Toy Drive would not have the same impact helping those families in need across Windsor-Essex without their support. We sincerely thank them for their ongoing generosity as the city’s largest contributor and helping make the holidays happy for thousands of children in our area.”

In 13 years of donations, over 50 minivans full of toys valued at nearly $200,000 have been donated by Windsor Assembly Plant employees, which have benefited roughly 39,000 children that otherwise wouldn’t have gifts for the holidays. Once again, this year’s donation from Windsor Assembly Plant employees towards Sparky’s Toy Drive represents the largest campaign of its kind in the city.

Gathered outside the fire station, members of the Windsor Fire Department, including “Sparky the Fire Dog,” welcomed Windsor Assembly Plant management and Unifor local 444 members with the hundreds of toys loaded in the minivans parked outside and inside the fire truck bay doors. In a parade fashion, the minivans then left the fire station destined to the “Sparky’s Toy Drive” collection centre. In the upcoming days ahead, volunteers from the Windsor Assembly Plant will join others helping sort and deliver to children throughout the community.

“Giving back to Windsor-Essex County year-round has been a staple of the Windsor Assembly Plant employees and I’m continually proud of the generous time, effort and money they have donated toward Sparky’s Toy Drive,” said Mike Brieda, Plant Manager, FCA Windsor Assembly Plant. “The Windsor Firefighters work extremely hard to ensure that local children have the merriest of holidays. We are thrilled to play a prominent role in their campaign and will continue to work with them to sort and deliver the toys for the 13th consecutive year.”

The public is encouraged to help join the cause. New, unopened toys and cash donations can be dropped off at any Windsor fire station throughout the city between now and December 23.

About Dodge Grand Caravan

The Windsor-built 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan – the most awarded minivan ever – continues to lead the segment it created for the 32nd year in a row with exceptional technology and class-exclusive features. With a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,895, the Dodge Grand Caravan is one of the most affordable seven-passenger vehicles in Canada. Dodge Grand Caravan features the award-winning Pentastar™ 3.6-litre V6 engine that delivers best-in-class 283 horsepower fuel economy ratings up to 9.4 L/100km (30 mpg) highway, or up to a 955 kilometre driving range. This IIHS Top Safety Pick also has more than 55 safety, security and technology features, and a 5-year/100,000-kilometre powertrain warranty.

About Chrysler Town & Country
Canada’s most luxurious minivan, the 2016 Chrysler Town & Country continues to offer the versatility and functionality it is known for providing customers with comfort, safety and innovative features. The first luxury minivan, the Windsor-built Chrysler Town & Country debuted in 1989. The 3.6-litre Pentastar™ VVT V6 engine is a three-time “Ward’s Automotive “10 Best Engine” in the industry and produces 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The V6 is mated to the six-speed automatic transmission to maximize fuel efficiency and achieves up to 9.5 L/100 km (30 mpg) on the highway. With exquisite styling, a beautifully crafted interior, more than 55 standard and available safety and technology features, smart, cutting-edge entertainment features and clever seating and storage options, the Chrysler Town & Country delivers on the Chrysler promise to provide every owner a vehicle that satisfies their desires.

About FCA Canada
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, FCA Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2015. FCA Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of FCA US LLC, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA Canada has approximately 440 dealers and markets Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. In addition to its assembly facilities, which produce the Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan (Windsor), Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger (Brampton), FCA Canada operates an aluminum casting plant in Etobicoke, a research and development center in Windsor, and has sales offices and parts distribution centers throughout the country.

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”

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Employees and Retirees Pledge Over $1.1 Million

FCA Canada Employees and Retirees Pledge Over $1.1 Million Toward United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2016 Campaign

FCA Canada employee and retiree contribution to United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2016 campaign totals $1,176,931.16
Donation increase of $115,000 from one year ago
Over 30 years of employees giving more than $1 million
FCA Canada average employee donation increases to $338
Largest United Way donation in Windsor-Essex community helps less fortunate

December 11, 2015 , Windsor, Ontario -

During a special presentation at FCA Canada Headquarters in downtown Windsor today, Company employees and retirees announced a donation of $1,176,931.16 to the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2016 campaign. This year’s pledge marks an increase of $115,000 from one year ago.

The announcement coincides with the Company’s 90th anniversary in Canada, which was reflected with the donation amount being unveiled by taking a trip down memory lane with images of signature vehicles from the Company spanning the last nine decades.

The donation stands as the biggest individual pledge toward the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. The figure also maintains the 30-plus-year tradition of FCA Canada employees and retirees giving at a level over $1 million.

“Our FCA Canada employees never waiver from their commitment to give back to the Windsor/Essex Community through the United Way,” said Reid Bigland, Chairman, President and CEO, FCA Canada. “We realize the community is counting on our leadership, and I’m glad we can continue to deliver such good news, year after year.”

“Last year, the total raised by FCA Canada and UNIFOR assisted 10,674 people in Windsor and Essex County,” said Lorraine Goddard, CEO of United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County. “We would like to thank FCA for taking bold action against poverty in our community by ensuring that each and every employee has the opportunity to support United Way. Our very sincere thanks to FCA Canada and UNIFOR Locals 444, 1498, 195, and ONA Local 8 for their ongoing leadership and partnership.”

“When our community reaches out, Unifor Local 444 will always be there as a community partner knowing all of the good that the United Way does across Windsor and Essex County,” said Dino Chiodo, President, Unifor Local 444.

The employee participation rate for the 2016 campaign was 45.5 per cent, with an average pledge of $338, which was up from $324 for the 2015 campaign year. Under the new United Way donation levels for 2016, there were 62 employees this year that gave at the “Bronze Level,” which means employees contributed between $1,200 and $2,499. There were five donations at the “Silver Level,” for those individuals who contributed between $2,500 and $4,999.

The funds raised will help United Way in taking bold action against poverty across Windsor and Essex County. Poverty affects more than one in five people in our community. In fact, more than 42 per cent of single mothers in Windsor-Essex County are living in poverty, as well as one in four kids. Supporting United Way ensures that people in our local community have access to support to create possibility, including but not limited to healthy and fresh food so kids and families don’t go hungry; emergency assistance to help people get through tough times when there’s nowhere else to turn; after-school programs to give kids a safe place to go and get homework help; programs that help kids graduate through mentorship and support; and counselling programs that reduce stress for parents.

As of today’s announcement, the United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County campaign overall total is now $3,719,155.16. Windsor-Essex residents can also help join the cause and help give back to assist those most vulnerable in our community. The public is encouraged to take part and donate generously for this year’s United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County 2016 campaign.

Residents can call 519-258-0000 (ext.1145) or pledge on-line at

About United Way
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County mobilizes the caring power of the local community to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways. The United Way focuses on three priority areas: poverty to possibility, all that kids can be, and strong neighbourhoods. Additional information is available at

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More Jobs Coming to Windsor

FCA president Reid Bigland alludes to more jobs coming to Windsor

Previous projections of hiring 600 new workers at Windsor Assembly Plant is a "very conservative" number, said Reid Bigland, president and CEO at FCA Canada.

There could be far more jobs than originally expected coming to the Windsor Assembly Plant in the new year, according to coy comments made Friday by the head of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada.

The company is already planning to fill 600 positions as it ramps up production of its new 2016 Town and Country minivan. But the previously projected number of new hires is "very conservative," said Reid Bigland, president and CEO at FCA Canada.

He made the comments in Windsor after announcing this year's fundraising contribution from FCA employees to the United Way.

Talking to reporters, Bigland said he'd make the announcement of the actual number of new jobs sometime in January, likely around the time of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, at which the company will unveil the updated minivan.

"We're going to save that [for] when we get closer to the Detroit Auto Show, as well as the Toronto Auto Show, to get into a little bit more details about the van, the impact on the community and what's been going on at the plan," he said.

The head of the union representing workers at Windsor Assembly Plant was just as evasive Friday.

Unifor Local 444 president Dino Chiodo was also at FCA headquarters on Riverside Drive for the donation announcement.

When it comes to the actual number of new hires, he would only say "at least 600."

"Let's leave it at that," he said. But "I think people will be very surprised and pleasantly surprised at that."

Bigland also stressed that he's "very concerned" about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could affect the automotive industry in Canada. But, once again, the FCA Canada president would not go into details.

He wants to give the new federal government time to familiarize itself with the TPP agreement and the needs of the auto industry before saying too much.

"We're in the process of having meetings with the new federal Minister of Trade [Chrystia Freeland] and I just prefer to keep those comments behind closed doors at this point," Bigland said. "We'll have to wait and see as to what they do and give them an opportunity to settle in, get ministers in place and have them get educated as to the impact of the auto industry in Canada, which is significant."


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Brampton Assembly Plant Earns World Class Manufacturing Bronze Designation

FCA US Brampton Assembly Plant Earns World Class Manufacturing Bronze Designation

Canadian plant becomes the 13th FCA North American facility to achieve milestone award
Award recognizes improvements in safety, quality and productivity

December 18, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -

The FCA US Brampton Assembly Plant has been awarded bronze status for its efforts in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) and the 13th North American facility to receive this designation.

The Ontario, Canada, plant earned bronze after a two-day audit on Dec. 17 and 18 during which it earned a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been implemented across the shop floor.

“The key to successfully implementing WCM is the engagement of the workforce,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President – Manufacturing, FCA North America. “By achieving bronze, the Brampton employees have demonstrated their commitment to making improvements in their operations, which translate into providing quality vehicles for our customers.

“With the support of our Unifor partners, FCA is continuing its progress toward making our manufacturing facilities among the best in the world,” said Harlow.

World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants, promoting a sense of ownership. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009.

During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars, such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 85 would indicate World Class.

Two WCM-certified auditors from FCA, the Vice President of Manufacturing for CNH Industrial – IVECO and the Unit Manager at the CNH Industrial – IVECO Valladolid Plant, performed the audit.

In addition to Brampton Assembly, there are 10 other facilities that currently hold the WCM bronze designation:

Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Saltillo South Engine Plant (Mexico)
Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.)
Warren Stamping (Mich.)
Indiana Transmission Plant II (Ind.)
Kokomo Transmission Plant (Ind.)
Kokomo Casting (Mich.)
Toledo (Ohio) Assembly Complex
Toluca Assembly Plant (Mexico)
Sterling Stamping (Mich.)

Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.) and Dundee Engine Plant (Mich.) received the WCM silver designation in March 2014 and May 2015, respectively.

The Brampton plant was built in 1986 and acquired by Chrysler Corporation with the purchase of American Motors Corporation (AMC) in August 1987. Since then, the plant has built a number of full-size cars, including the “LH”-designated vehicles – the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision; Chrysler LHS and 300M; Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger, including the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. More than 3,600 employees work at the plant on two shifts. In 2014, Brampton built nearly 223,000 vehicles.
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