Ford Adding 1,000 Jobs at Oakville Plant for New Edge
Anticipated Global Demand Brings Investment
The Ford Edge has often held the distinction of being one of the Top 10 selling SUVs in the country, but after eight years on the market and a mid-cycle refresh in 2011, it’s time for an all-new model. This time, the Edge will be sold worldwide, including the critically important China market. To help meet the anticipated high demand for its new midsize crossover, Ford has announced plans to hire 1,000 additional workers to its Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant. The additional hires will bring Oakville’s total workforce to more than 4,000 employees.
This announcement follows a 2013 announcement of an investment of $700 million. In addition to the popular Edge, Oakville also manufactures the Lincoln MKX, MKT, and Ford Flex. For 2015, the Edge will feature a 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 as the standard engine, with the outstanding new 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 as the top performance option on the Sport model. We were very impressed at how well this relatively small engine motivated the 2015 Ford F-150, and we expect it to offer great performance in the smaller, lighter Edge. The redesigned Edge will also serve as the basis for a new Lincoln MKX, a concept version of which was shown at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.