Explosion at Windsor Stellantis plant believed to be ‘a deliberate act’
Production resumed Friday morning as regularly scheduled
Windsor Police Services have confirmed they believe the explosion at Stellantis’s Windsor Assembly Plant Thursday was ‘a deliberate act.’
Police went to the plant around 5:45 p.m. and found suspicious items at the scene of the explosion. The explosion took place on the west side of the plant on the second floor in an area that is used for storage.
The plant resumed production Friday morning and the Windsor Police also spent the morning at the factory.
“It was reported that after the explosion, suspicious items were located at the explosion site and police launched an investigation.”
Natyshak said the investigation remains ongoing and will include testing the remnants of the package.
“Over the last couple of weeks, there have been some incidents going on in the plant based on anxieties. I know we have had some hard news as of late, but any lashing out in the facilities cannot and will not be accepted and needs to stop.
“All our livelihoods depend on the future of the plant.”
The source of the tension in the plant is Stellantis’s recent decision to eliminate the second shift in April due to the global microchip shortage that’s limited production and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Any antics will negatively affect our reputation and our future, that is a fact.”
Stellantis’s Head of Communications Canada Lou Ann Gosselin deferred comment on the nature of the incident to police, but said some skilled trades workers reported as normal for their shift at midnight Thursday.