August 19, 2003


Canadian automakers comply with government request to reduce energy consumption by 50%

Toronto, Ontario – On Monday, General Motors, Ford, DaimlerChrysler and Toyota operations in Canada all stated they would voluntarily reduce electricity consumption by 50% in cooperation with the Ontario provincial government’s request to conserve power.

GM of Canada has put in place a plan that reduces hydro consumption by 50% across all Ontario GM operations during the peak load period between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Examples of some of the changes to the normal scheduled production for Monday included Oshawa Car Plant #1 operating third shift only, both the St.Catharines Engine Plant and the Windsor Transmission Plant operating some production during the evening hours only, and administrative buildings operating without lights or air conditioning.

At Toyota Canada’s Cambridge manufacturing plant, the south plant was shut down for
both shifts for Lexus operations, and lights and air conditioning were reduced. As well, power was conserved at Toyota’s sales, marketing and distribution facility in Toronto.

Tuesday, DaimlerChrysler said their Windsor (Ontario) Assembly Plant will operate the midnight shift only, taking advantage of non-peak hours of energy use. The day and afternoon shifts are cancelled. The Ajax (Ontario) Trim Plant will not operate for the balance of the week; the Etobicoke (Ontario) Casting Plant continues to operate at 50% capacity; and, the Automotive Research and Development Centre in Windsor, Ontario has idled two major research labs.

Additionally, non- essential lighting and electrical use has been eliminated at all DaimlerChrysler facilities across the province. The Brampton (Ontario) Assembly Plant is the only manufacturing facility to maintain a regular production schedule and all non-manufacturing facilities remain operational.

The company said it will continue to monitor Ontario’s energy supply situation and make operational decisions on a day-to-day basis for the balance of the week.

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