• Apr 2, 2010
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Attention all workers at the Cowley Mini plant in Oxford, England: Do not report to work today unless you know how to repair a door press. According to the Witney Gazette, the historic Mini factory is currently on standby due to a dead door press that has all workers at home early for the Easter break, which lasts until Wednesday, April 7. While we're sure workers are happy for the extra time off, they will have to use vacation time to make up for the lost production. We're guessing that solution wouldn't fly at United Auto Workers headquarters, but then again, union membership here in the States isn't exactly flourishing.

The vehicle assembly plant doesn't even make the door panels; that job falls on the Swindon body panel factory. There is no word at this time whether the unscheduled shutdown will affect Mini production long-term.



[Source: Witney Gazette via MotoringFile]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure this will help with inventory too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to go, Swindon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn.. And I just blew the bloody doors off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ..and me with a Clubman currently "in production" at the factory. Seriously.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Swindon plant has the same union lines of demarcation then the press repair falls to a specific set of people (or person). Which would explain the delay, but would be sad nonetheless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Production deader than a door(nail)?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Doors? We don't need no stinking doors!