‘The second COVID shutdown’: auto industry insiders explain the microchip shortage

Michelle Maluske, CTV Windsor News March 26, 2021 Thousands of workers in Windsor-Essex, and across the entire automotive industry are facing layoffs, because of another shortage of microchips. “I call this the second COVID shutdown,” says Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association. Read the full article here.

Ontario set to unveil new COVID-19 restrictions

Scott Lightfoot, CTV News Toronto January 12, 2021 Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, discusses new COVID-19 measures in Ontario and the challenges of running a just-in-time manufacturing operation. Watch here: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2117095&jwsource=cl

Ford Motor Company of Canada workers ratify deal

CTV News Windsor September 28, 2020 WINDSOR, ONT. — Workers with Ford Motor Company of Canada have ratified a three-year-deal. Unifor released the results on Monday. Voting started Sunday morning after Ford and Unifor came to a tentative deal on Sept. 22. “This is the single biggest investment in the Canadian auto industry in years […]

Automotive cybersecurity company moving its headquarters to Windsor-Essex

Melanie Borrelli, CTV Windsor News September 15, 2020 WINDSOR, ONT. — An automotive cybersecurity company has announced its decision to move its headquarters to Windsor-Essex. Vehiqilla Inc. is expected to launch a phased approach to hiring, beginning with a business development specialist, six researchers, five security analysts and assorted senior technical staff. Company officials say the […]

Ontario spending $9M to help people prepare for auto sector careers

CTV News, Windsor August 31st, 2020 The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association is receiving more than $2 million on 669 jobs for post-secondary students. “Everything in the globally competitive automotive sector comes down to the people you can recruit, train and retain,” said Flavio Volpe, president of the association. “Thanks to the support from the Ontario […]

Doctors call for ‘war-like effort’ to prevent medical supply shortages in Canada

Heather Wright, Brooklyn Neustaeter, CTV News March 20, 2020 TORONTO — As a critical shortage of life-saving medical equipment looms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada is calling on its manufacturers to re-tool their factories in a “war-like effort” to help fill demand. The federal government has issued a national call asking businesses to offer products […]

Ontario investing $14M for second round of Career Ready Fund’s Auto Stream

Bob Bellacicco, CTV News, Windsor WINDSOR — The provincial government hopes to encouraging postsecondary students, graduates and apprentices to consider careers in Ontario’s auto sector by investing another $14 million. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development made the announcement at Cavalier Tool and Manufacturing in Windsor on Tuesday. The $14 million is […]

New $10M program aims to strengthen auto industry and protect jobs

Rich Garton, CTV Windsor News Reporter September 9, 2019 Auto parts companies are partnering with the Ontario government to invest in technology and training with hopes of strengthening the auto industry and protecting jobs. Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli, launched the new $10-million Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP) at the […]

New U.S. trade report predicts modest economic gains from new NAFTA

The Canadian Press via National Post, CTV News April 18, 2019. Mike Blanchfield OTTAWA — With Washington riveted to the Mueller report, a comprehensive economic assessment of the new North American free trade deal quietly emerged Thursday, predicting less-than-stellar economic gains for the United States. Moreover, the much anticipated report of the U.S. International Trade […]