Ford executives on Wednesday confirmed new details on the “state-of-the-art” truck engine that will be manufactured at the Windsor plant.
Unifor Local 200 Vice President Tim Little said Ford’s Windsor plant is ready to be re-equipped for the new 7X engine.
Unifor is working with Ford on staffing, Little said.
“It means that our fired members will come back … and perhaps the possibility of bringing back employees who had gone to work in other factories,” he said.
This new 7X engine will replace the 6.8 engine used in the larger Ford truck models, such as the F Series, said Unifor Local 200 President John D’Agnolo.
The president said he expects the new engine to create between 450 and 500 jobs at the Windsor plant.
Our members are simply happy. It’s reassuring to know that a product is coming, it offers a little more security.
John D’Agnolo, President of Unifor Local 200
The machinery must arrive at the plant in April. The manufacture of the new engines is scheduled for 2019, according to the president.
“Some workers are already there to learn the process, so it’s moving pretty quickly,” he added.
This announcement is in line with the 2016 announcement of Ford’s more than $ 600 million investment in its Windsor plant.