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Ford taking on 400 at Oakville

Ford taking on 400 at Oakville

 

Ford have
just announced that they are taking on an extra four hundred workers at their
Oakville assembly plant near Toronto. The extra workforce will build the 2015
Ford Edge. That comes on top of news that the Ford GT will be made in Canada
too. It's a good month for automakers in this country!

The four
hundred workers are in addition to the extra thousand that we heard about last
year, boosting the local economy on a huge scale. Thanks to investment by the
Canadian government to help Ford set up the production line, these new jobs
should be for the long term.

A $700
million CDN investment from government has helped the plant retool for the
Edge, buy 250 new robots, install new systems and software and upgrade existing
production lines. All should help increase efficiency and quality, keeping the
plant viable for the foreseeable future.

"Thanks to
the new capabilities at Oakville Assembly, the 2015 Edge delivers improved
driving dynamics, quality, quietness, interior space and even more technology,
and we are proud for our Canadian team to start bringing Edge to customers in
even more markets around the world," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president
of the Americas.

The Edge is
currently manufactured here in Oakville and exported to 60 countries. Ford aims
to increase production and market reach to sell it in over 100 countries this
year.

The
expansion isn't just about the Ford Edge. The 2016 Lincoln MKX will be made
here too in addition to the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT which are also
manufactured in Oakville. Further to manufacturing, some supporting roles have
been brought in-house such as engine finishing, logistics and sequencing.

2015 Ford Edge

The 2015
Ford Edge is a whole new prospect having had quite the redesign for this model
year. This new model is longer and taller and has a new chassis based on the
Fusion. Redesigned suspension, a new 2.7-litre engine and an improved interior
are all part of the appeal.

The Ford
Edge shifts to a Ford global platform, meaning the same underpinnings will be
sold in the same guise across the world. Ford has been doing this quite a bit
over the past few years. Not only does it make is easier and cheaper to
manufacture, it also means we get the same cars our southern or European
cousins do.

The 2015
Ford Edge looks good, drives well and still offers great value for money. Come
down to Northway Ford Lincoln and try it yourself!

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