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Another 185 auto jobs lost in Canada

WELLAND, Ontario, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Canada's beleaguered automotive industry has lost another 185 jobs in a Niagara-area supplier to Chevrolet trucks.

Henniges Automotive in Welland announced a second downsizing of 185 jobs after an Aug. 26 cutback of 50 positions, the Toronto Sun reported.

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Employee Mike Topolinski told the newspaper workers were told Tuesday the company's machinery would be moved to Mexico along with the jobs and that the price of oil is driving down demand for big trucks.

Soon after employees were told of the plant closure, trucks arrived and machinery was loaded aboard them for the trip south, Topolinski said.

The news came two weeks after Deere and Co. announced it was closing its Welland plant and moving production to Wisconsin and Mexico, eliminating 800 jobs.

The southern Ontario cities of Windsor, Oshawa and St. Catharines have sustained thousands of job losses and scores of small plant closures in the past several years because of the downturn in the automotive sector and soaring fuel prices, the Toronto Star said.

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