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Ford of Canada adding 1,000 jobs to Oakville Assembly plant

Automaker is also increasing it's annual spending on Canadian-made auto parts by $200 million.


Ford's Oakville Assembly plant. PHOTO: FORD OF CANADA

Ford’s Oakville Assembly plant. PHOTO: FORD OF CANADA

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Ford of Canada is adding 1,000 jobs at its Oakville Assembly facility by the end up the year to ramp up production of the 2015 Edge crossover vehicle for the global market.

The automaker will also increase spending on Canadian-made auto parts by $200 million a year, to a total of nearly $4 billion annually.

“Investment in auto manufacturing pays off, and Oakville Assembly is proof of that,” said Ford of Canada CEO, Dianne Craig.

In 2013, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker invested $700 million in the facility to expand manufacturing capability and meet surging global demand.

The new jobs along with an additional 300 announced in 2013 will bring total employment at the plant to more than 4,000 by

year-end.

“This is a great example of why a national auto strategy really pays off for our whole economy,” said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor.

Oakville Assembly currently manufactures the Ford Edge and Flex, and the Lincoln MKX and MKT and has been chosen to build the all-new 2015 global Ford Edge, which goes on sale early next year and will be exported to more than 100 countries.

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