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Canada's East Asian Transplants Reach Maturity: Rewards and Perils

Document type Article
Author Yanarella, Ernest J.
Journal Labor Studies Journal
Volume 32
Date 2007 01 06
ISSN 0160-449X, 1538-9758
Pages 189-209


Most East Asian auto transplants in North America are now a quarter-century or more old. This perspective should now allow their evolution from the original post-Fordist model and their impact on surrounding local and regional economies to be subjects for comparative analysis. This article seeks to contribute to this research task by assessing one joint venture and three auto transplants—the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, the Toyota plant in Cambridge, Ontario, the Honda plant in Alliston, Ontario, and the Hyundai plant in Bromont. Based on fieldwork and interviews in Canada in 1991 and 2004, it seeks to evaluate the promise and fulfillment and the successes and shortfalls of these four plants as instruments of work reorganization and business management and as catalysts of local and regional economic development.