Mysterious Explosion Strikes Chrysler Minivan Plant

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Someone must really hate the Pacifica.

Police in Windsor, Ontario, Canada are currently investigating an explosion that took place late last week at the local Stellantis assembly plant that builds the Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid. Nobody was hurt in the blast but the fact that it even happened is very problematic. Why would someone do this?

Chances are a factory employee is "lashing out" over concerns about job cuts. The ongoing semiconductor chip shortage has forced the automaker to cut a shift this spring at the plant, affecting around 1,800 workers. A total of 4,400 people are employed there. "Investigators do believe this was an intentional act and are seeking any information that may help identify a suspect or suspects," police said in an official statement.

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Stellantis confirmed that "there was an incident in a vacant section of the Windsor Assembly Plant Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported. Authorities were on scene and an investigation is ongoing. Out of an abundance of caution, the plant was evacuated. The space has since been cleared and production resumed yesterday. Our employee health and safety, as well as the safety of the community, are our top priority."

The president of the local union urged members to remain calm. Before the automaker announced the upcoming job cuts, Windsor was already feeling the harsh impact of the chip shortage. It's only operated for around 15 weeks this year, making it one of the automaker's most affected plants.

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In all, Stellantis recently announced it lost 30 percent of its planned production in the just-concluded third business quarter. But there's light at the end of the tunnel. Stellantis has plans to invest $1.5 billion Canadian dollars at Windsor as part of a major overhaul to prepare the factory to build a currently unknown all-electric vehicle.

Another potential reason someone might have for setting off an explosive device is the vaccine mandate. All workers must be fully vaccinated by December 17 in order to even enter the facility. Job cuts are not the only controversial issue these days.

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Source Credits: Detroit Free Press

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