Ford Motor Company’s Oakville Assembly in Ontario is looking to fill more than 1,000 hourly positions as it ramps up its transformation that started with 2013’s C$700 million investment for the expansion of its manufacturing facilities. Oakville is the plant where the 2015 Ford Edge is being built for global export.
“The new 2015 Ford Edge sets a new standard in its class and will show countries around the world Canadian quality at its best,” says Ford president of The Americas, Joe Hinrichs. “New jobs at Oakville Assembly will strengthen our investment in Canada and increase our capabilities as we gear up for one of the most anticipated launches at Ford.”
The new jobs will bring total employment at Oakville to more than 4,000 by the end of 2014. Ford already added 300 jobs in 2013 to meet growing consumer demand.
Dianne Craig, president and CEO of Ford of Canada, adds, “Investment in auto manufacturing pays off, and Oakville Assembly is proof of that. Not only is the investment helping us meet much-needed capacity for high demand products produced in Canada, it’s creating jobs. It is a proud time at Ford of Canada as we welcome new employees to our team.”
Oakville Assembly currently manufactures the Ford Edge and Flex, and Lincoln MKX and MKT. When the 2015 Edge goes on sale next year, it will be exported to more than 100 countries from Oakville.
“The investments made by all stakeholders, Ford, the workers and government, in the Oakville transformation are paying off for Ontario and for Canada. The project is resulting in significant new jobs and generating enormous economic and fiscal benefits. This is a great example of why a national auto strategy really pays off for our whole economy,” says the national president of Unifor, Jerry Dias.