Windsor, Ontario – Chrysler Canada has announced that its employees and retirees in Windsor-Essex County, Ontario, have committed $1.18 million to the United Way for the 2010 calendar year.

“The Windsor area has been part of our Chrysler Canada heritage for more than 84 years and will continue to play a significant role in our future,” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO. “This generous contribution by our employees and retirees is one way we can give back to the community that has consistently supported our workforce and our products.”

Chrysler Canada was founded in Windsor in 1925. Facilities in the area include the Chrysler Canada Headquarters, the Automotive Research & Development Centre, and the Windsor Assembly Plant.

“Our community has been hit hard by job losses and economic uncertainty during this past year,” said Rick Laporte, president of CAW Local 444. “Even in these challenging times, our members at Chrysler continue to dig deep and show their support for great organizations like the United Way. We are deeply appreciative for all those who continue to support our workforce by purchasing the great products we built. Together we can make a difference.”

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