Cambridge, Ontario – Toyota has announced that it will add a second shift to its assembly plant in Woodstock, Ontario in March 2010 to build more RAV4 models. The plant, which also builds the Corolla, Matrix and Lexus RX350, will add more than 800 jobs and increase RAV4 production to 150,000 vehicles. Hiring begins this month.
Production of the RAV4 began in November 2008 with one shift and 1,200 workers. Toyota will now build the majority of RAV4s in Ontario for the North American market. The new jobs will bring the total Woodstock plant employment to about 6,500 workers.
“Thanks to the high demand for this popular vehicle, we are able to increase production in Woodstock,” said Ray Tanguay, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada. “We are very pleased to be able to continue our growth and provide jobs in the local community. This is a vote of confidence in the RAV4 product, the quality of our suppliers, and the capability of our Canadian team members. In addition, this move demonstrates Toyota’s continued commitment to North American production and to building where we sell.”