Windsor Casting

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Windsor Casting Plant was an Iron Foundry owned by Ford Motor Company in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The plant first opened November 9, 1934 and was located next to Ford Windsor engine [1] plant in downtown Windsor. It was known to area residents as the "Foundry". Internally it was referred to as WCP.

Operations ceased on May 29, 2007 as part of Ford's "Way Forward" plan.

During its time in operation, it was one of Canada’s largest recyclers. It recycled any kind of scrap metal with iron in it. Ironically, in 1998, the Foundry used the scrap metal from the demolition of neighbouring Windsor Engine #1 to cast 175,000 engine blocks. Although being considered an outdated facility, WCP was frequently awarded with many quality and environmental awards.[2]

WCP was also the home and namesake for the Famous Windsor V8 [3]

Plant Facts:

Size: 500,000 square feet (46,450 m 2) on 22-acre (nine-hectare) site

Employees at time of closure: Approximately 400 Hourly; 50 Salaried

Products at time of Closure: Cast Iron Cylinder blocks – 4.2-litre V6 Crankshafts – 3.9-litre V6, 4.2-litre V6, 5.4-litre V8, 3.0-litre V6, 4.6-litre V8, 2.3-litre I4

Past Products: Master Cylinders for Brakes, Cylinder Heads, Manhole Covers

Production: 91,000 tonnes of molten metal poured/year Produces about 500,000 engine blocks/year Two million crankshafts produced each year for seven models, ranging from 22-pound to 38-pound crankshafts for everything from small inline four-cylinder engines to V-8s Largest recycler of iron and steel in Southern Ontario. All the steel used in cylinder blocks and crankshafts produced is recycled.

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Coordinates: 42°17′47″N 82°55′59″W / 42.29639°N 82.93306°W / 42.29639; -82.93306