A FoMoCo company official said today that 350 new hires at the its Oakville, Ontario plant were told their jobs have been indefinitely put on hold as sales of new cars continue to decline. Ford said that market condition are currently to uncertain for it to start a third shift. The Oakville plant is known for producing the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and the recently launched Ford Flex.
"The Oakville assembly complex is delaying the introduction of a third shift in its final assembly operations and that is to better align production to some of these unprecedented shifts we’ve seen in the market," Lauren More, spokesperson for Ford Canada, told Automotive News .
Ford said it will find openings for 160 of workers who have been laid off from the Windsor, Ontario plant that it transferred to the Oakville plant to begin work on the third shift. More said that about 9 out of 10 vehicles produce in Canada are sold in the U.S.
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