Ford hires an extra 400 workers to produce 2015 Edge in Canada

Th redesigned Edge is being built at Ford\'s Oakville plant outside Toronto, requiring a total of 1,400 new employees and $700 million CAD in investment.

Ford has announced the global production start of the all-new 2015 Edge at the company's Oakville Assembly plant outside of Toronto.

The company has hired an extra 400 workers to help build the SUV, supplementing the 1,000 new employees that were already announced last year. The plant has also received a $700 million CAD investment for retooling and expansion.

The factory transformation involves more than 250 new robots, with new software and vision systems that aim to improve efficiency and quality. Another 1,000 robots were upgraded, reducing variability in component installation and other processes.

All of the upgrades are said to enable Ford to quickly ramp up production to meet increasing consumer demand. Global demand for utility vehicles is aid to be up 88 percent since 2008, while the Edge is allegedly the best-selling five-passenger crossover for seven out of eight years since its initial launch.

"We're proud to show the world advanced manufacturing right here in Canada and look forward to serving new global customers," said Ford Canada chief Dianne Craig.

The new Edge is slightly larger than its predecessor, with a more aggressive look and improved structural rigidity. Powertrain options now include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 and a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 mill. The EcoBoost powerplant has been rated at 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque in the Edge Sport.

Ford is expected to begin delivering its new crossover this spring.

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