Spencer ARL Parts Plant Opens in Niagara Falls

December 16, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

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A new auto parts manufacturing facility has officially opened in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Niagara Falls City Councillors attended a brief opening ceremony on December 14 for Spencer ARL, which is part of the supply chain for the new GM transmission assembly line at the St. Catharines, General Motors Engine Plant.

The new manufacturing facility currently has 25 employees and is expected to grow to more than 100 people as production increases.

As members of management, city councillors and employees looked on Wayne Gates, president of CAW Local 199, who represents the employees at Spencer ARL, said he was very proud of his members.

"These employees are a highly qualified and skilled workforce," Gates said, adding that most of the new employees worked at either Edscha or Affinia, two former CAW units. "When these workers lost their jobs and stopped paying union dues we never turned our back on them."

"We supported them through a very difficult period. We offered assistance to get them retrained, with resume writing and other job search skills through the CAW Action Centre, ultimately helping them to find a good paying job," said Gates, who is also a Niagara Falls City Councillor. 

"I've been doing this for over thirty years and this is the proudest I have ever been of our union, getting these brothers and sisters back to work," Gates said.

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