Oakville, Ontario – Ford of Canada will add a third shift and 500 jobs later this summer at its assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario. The new shift will be added after the company’s annual July shutdown. The plant builds the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, and announced the production launch of the new 2009 Ford Flex on June 3. The plant currently employs 3,500 workers.

Of the 500 people needed for the new shift, 178 will be preferential hires from Ford operations in Windsor, Ontario.

“Ford made a commitment in bargaining to add this third shift and they have followed through on that promise,” said CAW president Buzz Hargrove. “We negotiated a pattern agreement at Ford that created the opportunity for this new shift to be put in place and for our members to benefit from the creation of these new jobs.”

As part of the recent negotiations between Ford and the CAW, the company committed to keep its plant in St. Thomas, Ontario open, and to add a new product for the Windsor engine operations.

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