CAW and Government Launch Joint Effort to Save St. Thomas Sterling Truck Plant

October 17, 2008, 11:00 AM EST

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In a productive one hour meeting on October 17 at St. Thomas City Hall, national and local CAW leaders and representatives of all three levels of government made plans for a collaborative effort to convince Daimler Trucks to keep its St. Thomas plant up and running.

The meeting was chaired by St. Thomas Mayor Cliff Barwick and attended by:
Joe Preston, Conservative MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London
Steve Peters, Liberal MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London
Officials from the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation
CAW National President Ken Lewenza
Sterling Truck plant chair David MacArthur
CAW Local 1001 President Dave Elliot and others

All five stake holders are working together to build a convincing business case to keep the plant open. CAW leadership will be meeting with Daimler officials on Tuesday morning in Windsor.

Preston emphasized that federal funds could be made available for re-tooling the plant by making use of the Automotive Innovation Fund and Community Development Trust Fund. He drew an analogy to the Windsor Essex Engine plant which recently received $80 million in federal monies from the Automotive Innovation Fund.

Peters indicated that the provincial government can also be part of the solution with its Next Generation of Jobs Fund.

The three levels of government, the union and the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation will continue to work in partnership to ensure the St. Thomas Sterling Truck plant stays open.  

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