Canada Union Sad That Ford Engine Work Going to Mexico

The head of the union representing Ford Motor Co. workers in Windsor, Ontario, said he was disappointed to have lost out on the investment of more than $2 billion at the automaker’s engine plant in the city.

Instead, the new engine will be built in Mexico, as the company had originally planned, said Jerry Dias, the national president of Unifor.

Dias said the Mexican government had a head start on negotiating with Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford, which had originally slated the work for Mexico. He said the union and the Canadian and Ontario governments were trying to win the work away from Mexico during the talks over the past two months.

“It’s absolutely disappointing,” he said in a telephone interview. “The reality is this was a program that was earmarked for Mexico and we almost pulled it off.”

The investment would have created about 900 direct jobs at the Windsor engine plant, he said. The new engine, intended for use around the world, would have helped secure the future of the factory for the next decade, Dias said.

He added that he is optimistic that the plant will win future work when it arises.

Bob Shanks, Ford’s chief financial officer, dismissed the idea that company was taking investment away from the factory.

“We can’t pull out something that was never going,” he said today on Bloomberg Television. “So no, that’s not the case.”

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