Ford announced that it's investing $682 million in its Oakville assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, to make it a global manufacturing plant, which the automaker also says secures 2,800 jobs there. Including this injection of cash, Ford has invested over $2 billion in Canada in the last decade, starting with nearly $1 billion for Oakville in 2004, and over $570 million for its Essex Engine Plant in 2010.

The move to make Oakville a global manufacturer of Ford vehicles means, "If consumers suddenly shift their buying habits, we can seamlessly change our production mix without having to idle a plant," says Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas.

Ford says that the latest investment will help it meet North American demand for the Oakville-produced Edge crossover, which is on track this year to beat 2007's US sales record of 130,000 Edges. The Ford Flex and Lincoln MKX and MKT are also manufactured at the plant.

This all would be for naught if the automaker didn't use the resources it's bolstering, and Ford indeed says it will increase yearly spending on parts at the Canadian facility by $194 million, to nearly $4 billion annually.

Oakville's transformation to a global manufacturing plant has already started, and it's expected to be completed by the fall of 2014. For more information on Ford's recent investment in Canada, take a look at the press release below.
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FORD'S $700 MILLION INVESTMENT AT OAKVILLE SOLIDIFIES 2,800 JOBS TO MEET GLOBAL CUSTOMER DEMAND

- Ford's C$700 million investment in Oakville Assembly secures 2,800 jobs, making it one of the most competitive and advanced global manufacturing plants in Canada
- Global manufacturing helps Ford meet increasing demand for its new, fuel-efficient vehicles in world markets
- Ford has now invested more than C$2 billion in Canada in less than a decade
- Spending on Canadian-made auto parts by Ford to increase approximately C$200 million a year, to a total of nearly C$4 billion annually

Ford Motor Company, Canada's top-selling automaker, is investing C$700 million at its Oakville Assembly plant, securing more than 2,800 jobs and expanding its manufacturing capability to meet surging global demand.

"This investment is helping us find much needed capacity for global products and securing jobs, and it is positioning Oakville as one of the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system," said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas, speaking from a ceremony at the plant today. "Global fuel-efficient products, built in a state-of-the-art facility, by a great workforce are a win for everyone today."

Hinrichs said Ford will bring several new global models to the plant, helping to meet demand in North America and around the world by producing vehicles with best-in-class quality, fuel efficiency, smart design and value. He added that the company's investment will mean its spending on Canadian-made auto parts will increase by approximately C$200 million, to a total of nearly C$4 billion annually.

The enhancements at Oakville Assembly are Ford's latest step in maximizing its existing North American manufacturing assets, matching production to consumer demand as Ford's North American sales surge to pre-recession levels. Sales of the Oakville Assembly-produced Edge in the United States – Edge's biggest market – so far in 2013 are on pace to beat the prior record of 130,000 vehicles set in 2007.

The move to global manufacturing at the Oakville plant will enable Ford to shift production based on consumer demand more quickly and efficiently. The state-of-the-art facility will be able to align capacity of any one vehicle with real demand for Ford customers in North America and all over the world.

"If consumers suddenly shift their buying habits, we can seamlessly change our production mix without having to idle a plant," said Hinrichs. "Flexible manufacturing enables us to get vehicles to consumers faster than ever before. This is a great value proposition for everyone."

Ford currently utilizes nine global platforms around the world to build about 85 per cent of its vehicles. Global manufacturing offers Ford the opportunity to leverage commonality of components, design and build processes to streamline its ability to produce high-quality vehicles and accelerate production to meet growing consumer demand for Ford products.

"Ford's investment demonstrates Canada can be competitive in the global market through strategic partnerships," said Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford of Canada. "Working closely with government and labour, we have secured a bright future for our employees at Oakville Assembly."

As part of the investment, Ford will also be increasing its sustainability and fuel efficiency research and development capacity in Ontario, including supporting studies in vehicle light-weighting, the reduction of stationary emissions from industrial facilities, and research into advanced engine development at Ford's powertrain research facilities in Windsor.

With today's announcement, Ford has now invested more than C$2 billion in Canada in less than a decade. In 2004, Ford announced a C$1 billion investment for Oakville Assembly to introduce flexible manufacturing to the facility. In 2010, the company announced a C$590 million investment for Essex Engine Plant in Windsor.

Investment in auto manufacturing directly benefits the Canadian economy. It is estimated every auto job generates up to 10 supporting jobs.

Work on the transformation at Oakville Assembly is already under way. It is expected to be completed by fall 2014.

"This is an incredible year for Oakville Assembly," said Will Cowell, plant manager, Oakville Assembly. "We are celebrating the plant's 60th anniversary and we passed the one-million mark in Ford Edge production. We look forward to continuing to celebrate many more milestones and to building quality vehicles with passion and excellence for years to come."

Oakville Assembly manufactures Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT.


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      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey Ford - Try investing $682 million in Lincoln. Use it to build a CAR, not a poor marketing campaign.
      Billy Farmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it is not made in the United states I don't want it. Only automobiles made in the USA get my hard earn dollars! Ford can stick it with all their ca and mexico plants
        Pat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Eh Jackass ... the North American market has always been North American, not just American. The Big Three have a long long long tradition in our country and are considered domestic here too.
        wrestleprocbt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Go ahead and buy your gov't motors cars then. Dude, cars are made from parts produced all over. In fact Toyota has many cars that are more American than the domestic "brands". Ford though didn't take our tax money and then lie about repaying it all back early (i.e. GM!) Ford's F150 is very American and I would take a Ford with it's great quality improvements and the fact they didn't steal $ from the American people. Do as you want and think but I would buy a Ford without any hesitation.
          rlog100
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wrestleprocbt
          @wrestleprocbt, that opinion often comes from Cars.com funny US content accounting scheme that biases against a high number of model variants which the US makere do. And it not true for car by car US content.
          raughle1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wrestleprocbt
          @Jesus! Toyota is a publicly owned international corporation with headquarters in Japan. It is owned by all of its shareholders around the world. Shares are even available on the NYSE as American Depositary Receipts. If you're so freaked out about who their profits belong to, why don't you set down your flag and just go buy some yourself?
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        "Ford can stick it with all their ca and mexico plants" All three of them? For the North American market, there are more Ford plants within the US than outside of the country.
        ssdajoker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Hell yeah tell em Billy Farmer!! **** Ford, i am getting a Tesla!
        TopGun
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Judging by the comments, the foreign owned auto companies have achieved their goal on you guys. Just look at how much favouritism is given by the Japanese towards their brand of vehicles in Japan. If that's Bills' opinion, so be it...regardless of how difficult it might to sort out the "foreign" content. And this from a Canadian BTW.
        Roscoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Congratulations on perpetuating the (mis)conception that Americans are a bunch of hillbilly retards who know nothing of the world.
        rlog100
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        We export to Canada and not blocked by foreign specific regulation and currency manipulation which US makers are confronted with when they try to export to other countries like Japan.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Billy Farmer
        Kind of like how the only 2 GM vehicles I've owned? One made in Mexico, one in Canada. Did I care? No. If it's a good vehicle I really couldn't care less where it's made. I've owned foreign and domestics and will probably own a combination of both in the future.
      vic.ka
      • 1 Year Ago
      we got an 2011 edge sport not one problem. awesome suv
        ssdajoker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vic.ka
        It is not an SUV. It is a CUV. A crossover. How sporty is it? Do you outrun mustangs at the redlights?
          bullitt2605
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ssdajoker
          My 03 Explorer SUV doesn't outrun Mustangs, Camaro's, Challengers or much anything else but it will bet a Miata sports car so what it your point ss?
      F'nBrower
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised the Edge sells that many units with the success of the new Escape and the Explorer. Has it been updated since it came out? What does it have that the other two don't?
        razorpit
        • 1 Year Ago
        @F'nBrower
        I think its just the right size, not too big, not too small....
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @F'nBrower
        It's had an update a couple years ago. New sportier looking front end, and interior. And it's sized in the middle. If there's a market for it, why not make it. Look how many SUV's/CUV's Toyota makes and they all seem to sell well enough and not cannibalize each others sales.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      So that it can replace the Ford Territory.
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
        ppl downvoting comments randomly? or just because they hate when stuff they don't know is mentioned? (Ford Territory in this case)
        chrismcfreely
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
        ????????????
          Daniel D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chrismcfreely
          Ford Territory is the Australian designed and developed SUV made on the Falcon platform. Ford are pulling the plug on Australian manufacturing in 2016 and the Canadian plant upgrade is in part, to let it make the next generation Edge for Australia as a replacement for Territory. Not sure why they are bothering though as historically car manufacturers who left Australia saw their market share halve for the first decade or more. Ford will certainly be no exception to that rule. It will just be an imported of ok cars with a terrible dealer network.
      rawtoast
      • 1 Year Ago
      We just bought a 2012 Edge, and love it, we traded our 09 Maxima in on it. The Maxima, with 2 tall parents and a baby seat, was really too small, the Edge is giant inside, but actually many inches shorter than the Maxima. Its a great CUV.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      That three bar grill is looking even more unfortunate alongside the newer Fords. The Edge can't get a refresh quick enough.
      max w
      • 1 Year Ago
      What happened to creating jobs in US ? Why not build them here and ship out? Honda does it . Why not American FORD ?
      Satinder Anand
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford has been on roll for while now and have great vehicles, but I still my love 2008 Toyota Yaris with 112753 clicks
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