Ford Motor Company of Canada, an integral part of the charming lakeside town of Oakville since 1951, delivered a devastating blow to the tight-knit community recently. Its Ontario Truck Plant (OTP), employment for 1400 hourly and 100 salaried citizens, is closing its doors on production.
Ford Motor Company’s decision to close the OTP – announced this past January — coincides perfectly with Halton Region’s strategic plan for Mobility and Prosperity. A decision that also mobilized the Region to join forces with the Town of Oakville to form a Community Response Task Force.
There’s something to be said for playing the role of a good corporate citizen, as Ford and all its employees have done so effectively for the last 50 years in Oakville. Giving back to the community has been a big part of Ford’s mandate all along, so it’s nice to see the community step up to the plate to help when the corporation starts to falter.
The Halton Region Business Development Centre and the Oakville Economic Development Alliance worked together to create the task force — comprised of key business, government and community representatives, who have the programs and services available to support and participate in developing a strategy and an action plan. They have been meeting regularly to tackle issues related to the closure of the plant that builds the popular F-Series pick-up trucks.