Ford of Canada Producing Face Shields at Windsor
Ford Motor Company of Canada is underway on production of face shields at its Windsor Engine Plant to help in the fight against COVID-19. The first batch went out on April 6 with 300 plastic shields delivered to the Village of Aspen Lake nursing home and 100 units sent to the LaSalle Police Service, both in Ontario. The following day, more than 3,600 shields were sent out across six organizations, including 2,000 to Windsor Regional Hospital.
“Ford of Canada has a long history of supporting Canada and its communities in times of need,” said Ford of Canada CEO Dean Stoneley. “By repurposing our production facilities in Windsor to meet the urgent demand for face shields, we can help protect the lives of our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to treat the most vulnerable among us.”
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Ford is collaborating with local and federal government officials to ensure that the face shields are distributed to areas of need. On the production end, Ford and Unifor are following the advice of government and health officials to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken in the production process.
According to the Windsor Star, 10 Unifor-represented employees are working on the masks at present, and Ford could call back more of the 1,600 idled workers when more materials become available. Local 200 President John D’Agnolo told the Windsor Star that each employee is capable of producing up to 200 shields a day.
In addition to the production of face shields, Ford of Canada donated 2,900 pairs of Nitrile gloves to Brampton Civic Hospital courtesy of the Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre and 90 N95 masks to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital courtesy of national headquarters.
In March, Ford announced that it has postponed the restart of vehicle production in North America indefinitely as COVID-19 continues to spread across the continent.
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