At the end of April Ford introduces a third shift at its Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, which translates in 150 employees recalled to work.
The third shift was needed to meet rising demand for the F-150 pickup truck and its 5.0 litre, V-8 engine, which is produced at Essex Engine. The plant has 640 employees that produce around 970 engines in two shifts. The company plans to boost production by 40%. More than 800 Ford employees are laid off in the Windsor area, the city unemployment rate reaching 10.7%, the highest in Canada.
“It is extremely good news for us,” said Chris Taylor, the president of CAW Local 200 which represents the workers. “There is going to be a substantial recall from layoffs. When you’ve been on layoff for three and a half years [with] no unemployment, and we know the job situation in Windsor … they are just elated.”
At the end of February, F-series sales were up 17% in the U.S. compared to the same period last year and 25% in Canada. The third shift had been in the works for several months, but the inability of suppliers to keep up with rising demand delayed its implementation.