CAW Boss Buzz Hargrove: $350m Still Ain't Enough
Buzz Hargrove is on a roll. After saber-rattling with Alan Mulally over the impending Big 2.9 – Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) negotiations, after chastising the federal government for offering a paltry $1b to Canada's ailing manufacturing sector, the Globe and Mail tells us the CAW kingpin is asking the Canadian government for $30m to revive Ford's currently shuttered engine plant in Windsor, Ontario. This sum would be on top of $30m currently promised by Ontario's provincial government. If you think Buzz is pulling this figure out of his ass, he isn't. As he notes, "If there's an opportunity to get a $1-billion investment around the world, the standard is that governments put in 20 per cent of that." What standard? Who knows? The old plant was the manufacturing center for Ford's long-running Windsor V8 engine series, which have seen duty in everything from the Mustang to the AC Cobra. Ford, on the other hand, is keen to develop and build its new upcoming V8 at its Essex plant (also in Windsor).