Ford Motor Co. of Canada said Wednesday it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market.

The automaker said Wednesday it also expects to increase spending on Canadian-made auto parts by $200 million a year.

“The new 2015 Ford Edge sets a new standard in its class and will show countries around the world Canadian quality at its best,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said in a statement. “New jobs at Oakville Assembly will strengthen our investment in Canada and increase our capabilities as we gear up for one of the most anticipated launches at Ford.”

A Ford of Canada spokeswoman said the company is now completing its recruitment process for the new jobs. Applicants can send a resume to

The plant is currently running on a partial three-shift operation pattern.

The 1,000 new jobs and 300 added last year will bring total employment at the plant to more than 4,000 by the end of 2014. Ford also operates an engine plant in Windsor, Ontario and employs a total of about 6,000 in Canada.

In 2013, Ford invested $700 million in the plant.

“Investment in auto manufacturing pays off, and Oakville Assembly is proof of that,” Dianne Craig, president and CEO, Ford of Canada, said in a statement. “Not only is the investment helping us meet much-needed capacity for high demand products produced in Canada, it’s creating jobs. It is a proud time at Ford of Canada as we welcome new employees to our team.”

A recent Scotiabank report on the global auto industry says that increased vehicle sales in the U.S. as well as a depreciation of the Canadian dollar had benefited the Canadian auto parts sector.

Ford is introducing the Edge, popular in North America, to Europe for the first time early next year.

The 2015 version of the crossover includes a number of updates, including adaptive steering (which reduces how much the driver has to turn the steering wheel at slow speeds, making parking and other tight maneuvers easier), a 180-degree front camera, enhanced park-assist and side park sensors.

It will be the first to come standard with Ford’s new twin-scroll turbo 2-liter EcoBoost. Built on the same mechanical foundation as Ford’s hot-selling Fusion, the Edge will also will be available with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost or 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Associated Press contributed.


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