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|Oakville Assembly Complex|
Site of Oakville Assembly Complex
|Location||Oakville, Ontario, Canada.|
|Volume||5,464,000 sq ft (507,600 m2)|
|Address||1400 The Canadian Road|
Oakville Assembly Complex is a Ford Motor Company automobile factory in Oakville, Ontario, Canada spanning 5,464,000 square feet in volume. This landmark occupies the same site as, and combines, the former Ontario Truck plant and Oakville Assembly Plant. Clearly visible from the Queen Elizabeth Way and the Lakeshore West GO Train line, it relies on the nearby railway service to transport parts and vehicles throughout the country. It is Canada's last remaining Ford automotive assembly plant still in operation.
The first car plant on this site opened in 1953, and produced nearly all of the vehicles for Ford in Canada until 1966. It was the site of production for the company's minivans but was renovated with a $1 billion investment to produce crossover CUVs by 2006. Phase one was completed with the launch of the Edge and the MKX in the fall of 2006 and phase two was completed by spring of 2008 with the launch of the Ford Flex. In addition to the human workers, 440 robots help to assist in the production of new automobiles. The company has two different shifts that last from 8-10 hours (depending on the economy and the demand for new automobiles). As of 2002, up to 211,000 new vehicles can be manufactured and assembled within a typical year.
In 2013, Ford announced an investment of C$700-million to upgrade the plant to manufacture vehicles of global platform with the assistance from the governments of Canada and Ontario of C$140-million worth to the project. The plant assembled 258,358 vehicles in 2013, and 255,924 in 2012.
At one time, the number of employees was 3,820. Layoffs that came as a product of a slowing economy has caused that number to be reduced by 820 people. It is reported that it employs about 2,800 people.
- Ford Edge (2007-Present)
- Lincoln MKX (2007-Present)
- Ford Flex (2009-Present)
- Lincoln MKT (2010-Present)
Some of the former models produced at the plant included:
- Ford Custom 500 (1973-1981)
- Ford LTD (1975-1982)
- Mercury Lynx (1981-1987)
- Ford Escort (1981-1990)
- Ford Tempo (1984-1994)
- Mercury Topaz (1984-1994)
- Ford Windstar (1995-2003)
- Ford Freestar (2004-2007)
- Mercury Monterey (2004-2007)
- Temple, David W. (2010-01-15). Full-Size Fords: 1955-1970. CarTech Inc. p. 135. ISBN 9781934709085. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
- "PLANT INFORMATION". Ford Motor Company. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
- Keenan, Greg (13 February 2014). "Ford extends its reach to crossover utility market with new Edge". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
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