Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is idling its minivan plant in Windsor, Ont., the week of Feb. 18 due to a parts shortage, the company says.
FCA Canada spokeswoman Lou Ann Gosselin said in an email Wednesday the problem is with “an external supplier.”
“FCA is re-timing the down week at the Windsor Assembly Plant from the week of Feb. 25 to the week of Feb. 18. Normal production schedules are expected to resume the week of Feb. 25,” she said.
Gosselin didn't say which supplier was having problems.
Unifor Local 444 President David Cassidy says the company informed him of the temporary shutdown on Tuesday.
The upcoming shutdown will be the third temporary closure of 2019. The plant did not operate the first two weeks of January in order to adjust inventories, the company said at the time.
About 6,000 employees at Windsor Assembly build the Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on three shifts daily, usually six days per week.
Running at full volume, the plant produces nearly 1,500 minivans per day.
Pacifica sales in the United States in 2018 were unchanged at 118,322, off just 48 units from the year before. But sales fell 13 per cent in January, down to 6,963 units. U.S. Grand Caravan sales totalled 7,113 units in January, down 32 per cent.
In Canada, Pacifica sales were down three per cent to 5,999 in 2018. Sales in January were off 47 per cent to just 277 units. Grand Caravan sales in January were down 44 per cent to 1,947.
The Pacifica had 105 days of supply in the United States as of Feb. 1, according to the Automotive News Data Center in Detroit. The Grand Caravan had 88 days of supply. Similar data isn't made public in Canada.