A glut of minivans is forcing DaimlerChrysler Corp.’s assembly plant in Windsor, Ont., Canada, to reduce production using a method it calls "shift smoothing." Beginning Feb. 17, the 3-crew plant – which builds Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town and Country and the new Chrysler Pacifica cross/utility vehicle – goes to two shifts for three weeks. Each week, a different shift is laid off. A source close to the auto maker says the shift reductions are scheduled to address ...

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