FACE-LIFT — Hamburg’s Ford Stamping Plant is in line to receive at least $100 million in expansions, according to the local United Automobile Workers union. Photo by Paul McQuillen.
HAMBURG — Hamburg’s Ford Stamping Plant will receive an influx of $100 million, to expand its operation to accommodate increased demand for parts from across the United States-Canada border.
In addition to Ford’s investment in the plant, the company reported that “as many as 300 new jobs” could be added, beginning as soon as this winter.
The Sun was told, by a United Automobile Workers official, that the numbers may be higher than previously released. Patrick Radtke, the president of Local 897, said that, although he is not authorized to discuss the specifics of the investment or the number of new jobs to be created, “the [reported] numbers are understated.”
Radtke said, “We are very excited about our future in Buffalo and WNY. The level of commitment from Ford and the UAW is unprecedented.”
Saying that “the sky is the limit,” he added that the level of investment in the Woodlawn plant will be unparalleled in the plant’s history. A formal announcement from Ford and the United Auto Workers will be released, in the near future.
The expansion is expected to meet Ford’s greater demand for parts from its Oakville, Ontario assembly plant. That location is currently undergoing a $682 million expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in the next year.
The stamping plant on Route 5 in Woodlawn is already in the midst of Ford’s $136 million investment, which was negotiated as part of the collective bargaining agreement between Ford and the UAW, in 2011. That expansion includes the upgrade of press lines at the facility and the addition of new lines.
The Hamburg location, which employs almost 500 hourly workers and 73 salaried workers, currently produces stamped parts for the Ford Edge and Flex and the Lincoln MKX and MKT, for assembly in Oakville.