Ford Canada has operated its large parts distribution center in Bramalea, Ontario since 1964. The location was opened as a way to consolidate various other locations around Toronto that were established back in the 1940s, and currently spans 900,000 square feet and employs around 200 people. However, Ford Canada is now planning on closing this site and replacing it with two smaller locations, according to Automotive News Canada.
“In order to improve customer satisfaction and expedite parts delivery time to dealers, Ford will be opening a new parts depot in Eastern Ontario and a new location west of Toronto to continue servicing Canada’s most heavily populated region,” Ford Canada spokeswoman Rose Pao told Automotive News Canada in an email. “As a result of the two new locations in Ontario, Ford will no longer operate out of the current Bramalea Parts Distribution Center once the new locations open.”
While FoMoCo has a general idea of where these new facilities will be located, it hasn’t yet selected specific locations, and wouldn’t say if they would be new construction or located in existing buildings. “We are in the process of determining the new sites now, so it is too early to provide timing,” Pao said. “We anticipate this transition to take place over the next few years.”
Pao also admitted that because of current and upcoming contract discussions with Unifor, the automaker is still working on allowing employees at the Bramalea facility to transfer to the new locations. “We are currently at the collective bargaining table with Unifor. We will continue to have dialogue with Unifor on our plan, including employment related details,” Pao said.
The same labor negotiations have caused a bit of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Ford Oakville Assembly Plant as well. As Ford Authority recently reported, Lincoln Nautilus production will end at the plant in July 2024, while the next-gen Ford Edge, also produced in Oakville, has reportedly been cancelled.