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Ford of Canada plant expansion nears completion

Oakville, ON -- Nov. 13, 2001 -- Ford of Canada expects to complete construction on a $150-million expansion of its...


Oakville, ON — Nov. 13, 2001 — Ford of Canada expects to complete construction on a $150-million expansion of its St. Thomas, Ont., facility shortly. Giffels Associates Limited of Toronto handled plant design and development and Eisenmann Corporation of Crystal Lake, Ill., was the general contractor. A 90 000 sq ft, state-of-the-art dip phosphate and electro-coat facility was completed earlier this year and a primer booth is currently being completed within an existing building.

The plant expansion is intended to improve paint quality and corrosion protection on Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis luxury sedans built at the Canadian facility. The benefits of the expanded paint facility will also extend to the 2003 Mercury Marauder, a high-performance sedan that goes into production in the spring of 2002. (New Mercury-branded products are not currently sold in Canada.)

Ford established Canadian operations in 1904 and has three vehicle assembly plants and three engine manufacturing plants in the country, where it has 543 dealerships. The engine plants produced over 1.5 million engines during 2000, of which 70% were exported. Ford also imported over 193,000 vehicles from the U.S. and Mexico into Canada during 2000.

Last year, revenues for Canadian operations were $24.6 billion. The Saint Thomas Assembly Plant (STAP) began production in 1967 and has consistently been recognized by industry monitoring agencies as one of the top manufacturing facilities in North America.