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Ford Canada to add third shift in Oakville

A worker on an assembly line at Ford’s Oakville, Ont., plant.

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Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. says it is adding a third shift at its Oakville, Ont., assembly plant, creating 300 jobs that will be first offered to laid-off employees.

The company says high consumer demand for vehicles built at the plant has made a third shift necessary at its body, paint and pre-trim department.

There are still about 220 employees on layoff from the closing of the company's St. Thomas, Ont., assembly plant, which closed in September, 2011, who will get first priority.

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Ford says it expects the third shift to start in the first quarter of next year.

The addition of the third shift was part of a recent deal with the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Ford has about 800 employees on layoff. It agreed in negotiations to investments that could create about 600 new jobs its assembly complex in Oakville. A new product will add more than 300 positions.

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