Norman De Bono, The London Free Press

Norman De Bono has been with the London Free Press since 1994, working in various roles in the newsroom including copy editor, editorial board member and Business Monday editor. He primarily covers business as a reporter. Email or twitter @NormatLFPress


Striking workers of Cami Assembly picket the plant in Ingersoll, Ont. on Thursday October 12, 2017. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)

Mexico move loomed over Cami talks, observers say

The possibility General Motors may have shut down the Cami Assembly plant and moved its production and jobs to Mexico likely pushed striking workers to a deal, automotive-industry observers say.

A truck carrying GMC Terrains drives past the Cami Assembly plant where they are built in Ingersoll. Terrain production is moving to Mexico, and GM has announced as many as 625 workers will be laid off at Cami. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)

Short gain, long pain at Cami Assembly plant in Ingersoll

When the Ingersoll automaker sheds 625 jobs and shifts production of the Terrain to Mexico, a wide swath of businesses, from the Tim Hortons on the corner to parts makers, will be affected. An industry rep pegs the loss to Southwestern Ontario’s economy at $50 million to $80 million, Norman De Bono reports.