Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, visited the Windsor Assembly Plant in Windsor, Ontario last week. The plant is home to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica minivan. Trudeau was there touring the plant and to talk to FCA Canada employees about the recent new deal reached between the Canadian, Mexican and United States governments to end the old free-trade agreement named the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The new agreement, places no tariffs on Canadian-built vehicles. However, the new deal requires 75-percent of the automobile’s components to be made in North America. The is significantly higher than the 62.5-percent in the original NAFTA deal.
Trudeau spoke to Windsor Assembly employees in a four-minute speech on the plant floor. He thanked the labor unions, car parts companies and various members of the auto industry who helped with the trade negotiations.
The Windsor Assembly Plant is roughly 4.4-million square feet and has over 6,100 employees working on three shifts. The plant is a key part of FCA’s future plan and is rumored to be producing two new vehicles on top of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan after production of the Dodge Grand Caravan eventually ends.