New Agreement Provides Future for Aluminum Plant

May 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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CAW Local 127 and Dajcor Aluminum have hammered out a new collective agreement that breathes life into a shuttered Chatham, Ontario aluminum plant.

Dajcor Aluminum plans to start operating by June in the former Daymond facility, which closed in November of 2009.

CAW Local 127 represents 90 former Daymond workers. The membership voted 100 per cent in favour of a new agreement covering Dajcor, which will operate as an aluminum, extrusion, fabrication and anodizing company making everything from auto parts to solar panels.

The new operation will start with 20 production staff and 12 office staff. By the end of the year the company expects to employ 50 workers and up to 100 workers within two years.

CAW Local 127 President Aaron Neaves said cooperation between the union and a local businessman resulted in the unique start up.

"The easy part is negotiating a deal," Neaves told The Chatham Daily News. "The tough part was to try to find a local investor with local community roots who understands what it meant to be here."

The deal was put together by a local businessman about two months after being made aware of the upcoming auction of the former Daymond building and assets.

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