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Canadian glass-plant closings spark protest from CAW

Post Time:Oct 26,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:512

Pittsburgh Glass Works riled the union with plans to close next month the third of three plants it operated in Canada.

"If I had my way, there would not be one assembly plant in Canada handling product from Pittsburgh Glass Works," says Jerry Dias, assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza.

"This has nothing to do with labor costs. They have excess capacity in their U.S. plants and want to use it."

Dias says that earlier this month he asked GM, Chrysler and CAMI Automotive Inc., a venture between Suzuki Motor Corp. and GM of Canada Ltd., to buy their glass from other suppliers because Pittsburgh Glass Works' actions have eliminated hundreds of Canadian jobs.

Pittsburgh Glass Works spokesman Bob McCullough says the company does not comment on internal labor relations.

The company operates five U.S. factories, one in Mexico and seven satellite parts assembly plants around the world.

A GM spokesman says the company makes contract sourcing decisions based on cost, quality, performance and capability but declined further comment. Chrysler declined to comment, and a CAMI spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

A year ago, the glass maker was created from the automotive glass and services division of PPG Industries Inc. The private equity firm of Kohlberg & Co. bought 60 percent of the new company, and PPG retained 40 percent.

Source: www.autonews.comAuthor: shangyi

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