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Daimler shuts down Mississauga’s Orion bus plant after government belt-tightening

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A Mississauga bus plant which began its life in the 1970s as the centrepiece of a provincial government strategy to bolster Ontario’s manufacturing industry was shut down Wednesday, throwing up to 390 people out of work as German automotive giant Daimler announced it was pulling out of the transit bus business in North America.

Daimler blamed slumping demand for transit buses from regional and municipal governments across the continent for the closing of Orion Bus Industries, which caught the Canadian Auto Workers union off guard as it came just a few weeks after the two sides had signed a contract extension.

“This was a really difficult decision,” said Daimler spokesperson Silke Walters. Last year, just 463 Orion buses were sold across the continent, down from 734 in 2010, according to Walters.

And with governments across the continent in deficit-fighting mode, the company saw no clear road back to strong sales.

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They weren't very good buses anyway.

On the VII, yes. VI is so-so. I and V have shakey start with premature frame corrosion, then it got better. II have kept going, outlast the cutaways!

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