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Learn about our proud history, Windsor headquarters and Canadian facilities.

1980s

In early 1982, ground-breaking ceremonies were held marking the first phase of the largest and most extensive plant-conversion program in Chrysler Canada's history - a $400-million investment to convert the Windsor Assembly Plant from rear-wheel-drive passenger cars to front-wheel-drive minivan production technology.

On May 9, 1983, the five-millionth car built in the Windsor Assembly Plant since it opened in 1929, came down the line. One month later, the last Windsor-built car was driven off the same line. In 10 days the plant was stripped to the bare walls. Installation of the finest production technology money could buy, including 125 robots, followed. Right on schedule, the first Chrysler minivan was driven off the new final assembly line on October 7, 1983 – just 17 weeks after passenger-car production had halted. This extremely ambitious project made industrial history.

Chrysler Corporation Chairman, Lee A. Iacocca, presided at the official plant reopening on November 2, 1983. The Windsor plant built its one-millionth minivan in September 1987.

On October 1, 1987 - following the acquisition by Chrysler Corporation of the former American Motors Corporation (AMC) - Chrysler Canada acquired the Canadian operations and facilities of the former American Motors (Canada) Inc. The former AMC (Canada) operations were reorganized as the Jeep/Eagle Division of Chrysler. The acquisition included the addition of AMC's Canadian dealers, two vehicle-assembly plants and three component manufacturing plants to Chrysler Canada operations.

The plants included the new high-technology Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, which produced Eagle Premier passenger cars and the Bramalea Assembly Plant which built Jeep® YJ vehicles and Eagle sedans and station wagons. The Brampton Assembly Plant opened in 1960 and ceased production in April 1992.

The former AMC (Canada) subsidiary plants included the Holmes Foundry Ltd. in Sarnia, Ontario (acquired by AMC in 1970, and subsequently closed in 1988), which produced engine blocks; Canadian Fabricated Products Ltd. of Stratford, Ontario (est. 1971 and sold in 1994), which produced automotive interior trim; and Guelph Products in Guelph, Ontario (opened in 1987, and subsequently sold by Chrysler in early 1993), supplied moulded plastic components to the Brampton Assembly Plant.