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Ford of Canada producing face shields for health-care workers


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Ford Motor Company of Canada has begun production of face shields at its Windsor, Ontario operations in response to the need for COVID-19 protective equipment.

The company is working with the Ontario and federal governments to distribute face shields throughout the province, and across Canada.

Shipments are scheduled to start this week.

“By repurposing our production facilities in Windsor to meet the urgent demand for face shields, we can help protect the lives of our heroic healthcare professionals and first responders as they continue to treat the most vulnerable among us,” says Dean Stoneley, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada in a release.

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The plant’s union, Unifor, and Ford of Canada remain in continuous communication at the national and plant level to ensure all safety actions and precautions are taken to help keep workers and their families protected.

“I am incredibly grateful to our members at Ford in Windsor for doing a tremendous service for their community and their country during this national emergency,” says Jerry Dias, Unifor national president.

Ford of Canada will provide additional updates as these special projects progress.

Additional contribution of essential equipment made by Ford of Canada and its employees include the donation of 2,900 pairs of nitrile gloves to the Brampton Civic Hospital by the Bramalea Parts Distribution Centre in Brampton, Ontario, and the donation of 80 N95 masks to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital by the company’s headquarters.