Ford Adding 1K Jobs at Oakville Assembly in Canada
How would you like a job?
That’s the tune Ford of Canada is singing, as they’ve announced that they are looking to add more than 1,000 new hourly jobs to the Oakville Assembly plant in order to support global production for the new Ford Edge.
“The new 2015 Ford Edge sets a new standard in its class and will show countries around the world Canadian quality at its best,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “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.”
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Just last year, Ford announced a C$700 investment that would convert Oakville Assembly into a global manufacturing facility that would be responsible for creating vehicles sold both in North America and abroad. The addition of the more than 1,000 jobs brings Oakville’s total employment to 4,000.
Ford’s presence in Canada is bigger than just the automotive industry. According to Ford, there are up to 10 supporting jobs generated for every automotive industry job it brings to the country.
Ford has also announced that it plans to increase its annual spending on Canadian-manufactured auto parts by C$200 million to bring it to a total of C$4 billion.
“Investment in auto manufacturing pays off, and Oakville Assembly is proof of that,” said Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. “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.”
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