WINDSOR, Ontario - Ford of Canada said last week that it will increase production at its Windsor Engine Plant by 100,000 units in the first quarter of 2000, bringing plant capacity to 950,000 units by midyear and adding 300 jobs.
Ford says the increase in production is the result of higher-than-anticipated demand for the 5.4-liter Triton V-8 and the 6.8-liter Triton V-10 for light trucks. It will result in a second shift and 200 jobs at Windsor Engine and about 100 jobs at the Essex Engine Plant, where blocks and crankshafts are machined. Production of the 5.4-liter V-8 already has been boosted by 50,000 units this year, bringing the total increase to 150,000.
The V-8 is used in the Ford Expedition and other trucks. The V-10 is used in Super Duty F-series pickups and heavy-duty Econoline vans. The V-10 will power the new Excursion, due in showrooms in September.
Windsor Engine Plant now employs 2,417 hourly and salaried workers. The Essex Engine Plant has 1,490.