Ford Motor Company is reducing its workforce at an assembly plant that builds nothing but crossover utility vehicles. The Unifor union confirms Ford plans to cut 185 jobs from its Oakville, Ontario assembly plant.
The cuts, announced on the union’s website, are slated to come in September 2019 as Ford cuts a third shift from the plant’s paint shop and reduces overall output by about five vehicles per hour. Apparently the reductions coming later this year may not be the last.
“Adding to the bad news, the company predicts based on the number of job reductions in August they foresee a permanent layoff of approximately 185 members in September 2019, with a possibility of additional members laid off in January 2020,” Unifor president Dave Thomas wrote in a blog post on Unifor’s website.
Oakville currently produces the Ford Edge and Flex and Lincoln MKT and Nautilus. The Edge is the plant’s highest-volume product by a significant margin and sales of this nameplate are down over 5 percent so far in 2019.
Ford has not publicly confirmed the reductions, but cites its history with matching supply with consumer demand.