Democratic mayoral candidate Keith Wilkowski congratulated workers at the shift change at General Motors Corp.'s Powertrain plant yesterday for their success in a recent productivity report.
Mr. Wilkowski shook hands at the plant's Northwest Gate off Jackman Road. The plant was named the most productive transmission plant in the world in a recently published study.
“Everyone smiled and lots of people told me they're doing what they can to keep jobs in Toledo, by being productive,” Mr. Wilowski said. “I think they were really proud and rightfully so.”
The Harbour Report, an annual industry study of manufacturing operations, also said Chrysler's Jeep factory had the highest productivity rate of any assembly plant in North America. The Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance plant in Dundee won the productivity award for engine plants.
The owner of the report has refused to publicly acknowledge the results, and workers have been told not to talk about the award publicly.
Mr. Wilkowski, 53, a Toledo lawyer who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2005, also noted his victory in a straw poll conducted after the EPIC candidate forum Thursday night.
According to EPIC's Web site, out of 48 ballots turned in, Mr. Wilkowski came in first, followed by independent Mike Bell, Mr. Moody, Democrat Ben Konop, and independent D. Michael Collins.
“They listened to everyone, they are obviously engaged people, active in the community. The fact that I was leading that pack makes me feel pretty good,” he said.
EPIC is a group of young business people affiliated with the Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce.
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