Windsor, Ontario – Chrysler Group LLC has decided to retain the third shift at its minivan plant in Windsor, Ontario, reversing a previous decision to eliminate the shift. The company said that strong demand for its Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans has led to the decision.

The company originally said on March 4, 2009 that it would eliminate the third shift as early as June 24.

“This is great news for our employees, our community and our buyers who are eager to snap up Canada’s number-one-selling minivan for the last 25 years,” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO of Chrysler Canada. “Demand for our minivans in the second half of 2009 has been steadily rising, and this decision will allow us to meet that demand.”

The plant was constructed in 1928 and began minivan production in 1983. It remains Chrysler’s only auto assembly plant operating on three shifts.

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