(From left to right) The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transportation, Terence Young, MP, Oakville, and Jerry Dias, National President, UNIFOR stand with Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Dianne Craig, ...
Ford's C$700 million investment in Oakville Assembly secures 2,800 jobs,
making it one of the most competitive and advanced global manufacturing
plants in Canada
Global manufacturing helps Ford meet increasing demand for its new,
fuel-efficient vehicles in world markets
Ford has now invested more than C$2 billion in Canada in less than a
Spending on Canadian-made auto parts by Ford to increase approximately
C$200 million a year, to a total of nearly C$4 billion annually
OAKVILLE, ON, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Ford Motor Company, Canada's
top-selling automaker, is investing C$700 million at its Oakville
Assembly plant, securing more than 2,800 jobs and expanding its
manufacturing capability to meet surging global demand.
"This investment is helping us find much needed capacity for global
products and securing jobs, and it is positioning Oakville as one of
the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system," said
Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas, speaking from a ceremony at
the plant today. "Global fuel-efficient products, built in a
state-of-the-art facility, by a great workforce are a win for everyone
Hinrichs said Ford will bring several new global models to the plant,
helping to meet demand in North America and around the world by
producing vehicles with best-in-class quality, fuel efficiency, smart
design and value. He added that the company's investment will mean its
spending on Canadian-made auto parts will increase by approximately
C$200 million, to a total of nearly C$4 billion annually.
The enhancements at Oakville Assembly are Ford's latest step in
maximizing its existing North American manufacturing assets, matching
production to consumer demand as Ford's North American sales surge to
pre-recession levels. Sales of the Oakville Assembly-produced Edge in
the United States - Edge's biggest market - so far in 2013 are on pace
to beat the prior record of 130,000 vehicles set in 2007.
The move to global manufacturing at the Oakville plant will enable Ford
to shift production based on consumer demand more quickly and
efficiently. The state-of-the-art facility will be able to align
capacity of any one vehicle with real demand for Ford customers in
North America and all over the world.
"If consumers suddenly shift their buying habits, we can seamlessly
change our production mix without having to idle a plant," said
Hinrichs. "Flexible manufacturing enables us to get vehicles to
consumers faster than ever before. This is a great value proposition
Ford currently utilizes nine global platforms around the world to build
about 85 per cent of its vehicles. Global manufacturing offers Ford the
opportunity to leverage commonality of components, design and build
processes to streamline its ability to produce high-quality vehicles
and accelerate production to meet growing consumer demand for Ford
"Ford's investment demonstrates Canada can be competitive in the global
market through strategic partnerships," said Dianne Craig, president
and CEO, Ford of Canada. "Working closely with government and labour,
we have secured a bright future for our employees at Oakville
As part of the investment, Ford will also be increasing its
sustainability and fuel efficiency research and development capacity in
Ontario, including supporting studies in vehicle light-weighting, the
reduction of stationary emissions from industrial facilities, and
research into advanced engine development at Ford's powertrain research
facilities in Windsor.
With today's announcement, Ford has now invested more than C$2 billion
in Canada in less than a decade. In 2004, Ford announced a C$1 billion
investment for Oakville Assembly to introduce flexible manufacturing to
the facility. In 2010, the company announced a C$590 million investment
for Essex Engine Plant in Windsor.
Investment in auto manufacturing directly benefits the Canadian economy.
It is estimated every auto job generates up to 10 supporting jobs.
Work on the transformation at Oakville Assembly is already under way. It
is expected to be completed by fall 2014.
"This is an incredible year for Oakville Assembly," said Will Cowell,
plant manager, Oakville Assembly. "We are celebrating the plant's 60th anniversary and we passed the one-million mark in Ford Edge production.
We look forward to continuing to celebrate many more milestones and to
building quality vehicles with passion and excellence for years to
Oakville Assembly manufactures Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and
About Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited
Ford of Canada's operations include a national headquarters, three
regional offices, two branch offices, three vehicle assembly and engine
manufacturing plants, and two parts distribution centres. Ford employs
approximately 6,000 people in Canada, while an additional 18,000 people
are employed in the more than 400 Ford and Ford-Lincoln dealerships
across the country. For more information, please visit www.ford.ca.
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Image with caption: "(From left to right) The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transportation, Terence Young, MP, Oakville, and Jerry Dias, National President, UNIFOR stand with Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford of Canada, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Industry, Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and Ford president of The Americas, Will Cowell, plant manager, Ford Oakville Assembly Complex, and Eric Hoskins, Provincial Minister of Economic Development, at the official announcement of Ford Motor Company's C$700 million investment into the Oakville Assembly Complex on September 19, 2013. (CNW Group/Ford of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130919_C8610_PHOTO_EN_31070.jpg
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