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Ford closing Ontario plant ahead of schedule

2.1 million-square-foot plant on the market for $22.75 million


May 5, 2011
by The Canadian Press

ST. THOMAS, Ont.—The Ford plant that makes the Crown Victoria police interceptor is up for sale ahead of its expected closing later this year.

The 2.1 million-square-foot facility is on the market for $22.75 million with an adjacent 161 acre vacant parcel of land for another $3.2 million.

The plant makes the police interceptor Crown Victoria.

The union is in talks with officials at the company’s head office in Oakville to try and minimize the impact of the closure on employees.

CAW president Ken Lewenza says the writing has been on the wall for a while.

“Ford, from our perspective, had no desire to invest in the facility… and the final nail is when they put it up for sale,” he said.

Ford is willing to be flexible in order to keep jobs in the area, adds Lewenza.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a new vehicle,” he says. “But all of Ford’s success should result in some investment in Canada and in jobs for Ford workers.”