Oakville, ON — Jan. 29, 2003 — Earlier this month, Oakville-born Todd Bryant was named plant manager of Ford of Canada’s largest assembly plant, the Oakville Assembly Plant (OAP) where the Ford Windstar minivan is produced.
Bryant, 36, returned to Canada after nearly four years at Ford vehicle operations in Michigan. Under his guidance, the OAP team of 3,300 employees are preparing to produce the next generation Windstar and the all-new Mercury Monterey for 2004 – the fruits of a recent $600 million investment at the 50-year-old assembly plant.
“This is where I grew up, went to school and played hockey. It’s great to be back and take my place among a team of very proud employees,” he said.
OAP is a two-shift operation located west of Toronto. In 2002, OAP produced 211,000 vehicles to add to its historical production of over eight million vehicles since it opened in 1953.
OAP’s first vehicles were the Ford Meteor and Mercury Monarch cars. Since then, it has produced such nameplates as Torino, Falcon, Maverick, Econoline, Escort, Crown Victoria, Tempo and Topaz. Currently, the plant produces Ford Windstar minivans that are exported to 32 countries around the world.
Oakville is also home to Ford’s F-150 pickup truck plant, which is slated to be shuttered within two years.