Ford of Canada producing face shields for frontline workers and first responders
The Windsor plant is working to assemble more than 2.75 million face shields for distribution across Canada
OAKVILLE – Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. announced on May 7 that it is increasing the production of face shields at its Windsor site operations.
The automaker said its plant is working to assemble more than 2.75 million face shields for distribution across Canada to help protect medical personnel and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project first began on April 6, when Ford of Canada announced they were working with the Ontario and federal governments to distribute face shields throughout the province, and across Canada.
“Ford of Canada has a long history of supporting Canada and its communities in times of need,” said Dean Stoneley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd, in a prepared statement. “By repurposing our production facilities in Windsor to meet the urgent demand for face shields, we can help protect the lives of our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to treat the most vulnerable among us.”
Following the advice of government and health officials, Unifor and Ford of Canada remain in communication at the national and plant level to ensure all safety actions and precautions are taken to help keep workers and their families protected.
“I am incredibly grateful to our members at Ford in Windsor for doing a tremendous service for their community and their country during this national emergency,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. “I commend Ford for working with Unifor to ensure that strict health and safety protocols are in place that will ensure our members can manufacture badly needed medical supplies and return home safely to their homes and families.”