In 1928, Chrysler purchased 70 acres in Walkerville and started a new 280,000 square-foot passenger car assembly plant, which would form the nucleus of today’s Windsor Assembly Plant. Chrysler also purchased Dodge Brothers and truck makers Graham Brothers. It then launched the Plymouth and DeSoto brands, with the new passenger car plant beginning to roll out cars in 1929. The first president of the Chrysler Corporation of Canada was John D. Mansfield, who had moved to Windsor in 1924 as president of Maxwell-Chalmers. His work in the auto industry began in the 1890s with the Durant-Dort Carriage Co. By 1914, he was the general sales manager and a director of the Dort Motor Car Co., while Walter P. Chrysler was Chairman of the Board.

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