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Ford Motor Company Essex Engine Plant – Windsor, Ontario, Canada

The Ford Motor Company Essex Engine plant is an engine manufacturing facility located in Windsor, Ontrario Canada.

Operating since the early 1980’s, the Essex engine plant has been a central hub for the manufacturing of cylinder heads, crankshafts and cylinder blocks, as well as V6 and V8 engines for Ford vehicles. The facility was once considered one of the largest recyclers of iron and steel in southern Ontario. Today, it overseas the production of the Ford 5.0L Coyote engine.

After being closed down by Ford for three years due to lack of relevance in Ford’s portfolio of engines, the facility reopened in 2010 following a $16.8 million investment from the province of Ontario, and $80 million from the Canadian federal government. Ford consequently agreed to send production of the Coyote engine to Essex plant.

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Quick Facts

Year opened1984
Facility size60,000 square feet (5,574 m2)
Land occupiedN/A
Location8688 Woodbine Avenue, Building B, Markham, Ontario L3R 8B9
Hourly employeesN/A
Salaried employeesN/A
Total employees500


EngineProduction Years
Ford 3.8L V61981 - 2007
Ford 3.9L V61981 - 2007
Ford 4.2L V61981 - 2007
Ford 5.0L Coyote2010 to present

Historical Timeline

  • 1981: the Essex engine plant begins production of the Ford 3.8L, 3.9L and 4.2L V6 engines.
  • 2006: Ford announces the plant’s closure as part of its The Way Forward plan.
  • 2008: the Ontario provincial government injects $16.8 million and the Canadian federal government invests $80 million to restart the plant.
  • 2010: the facility reopens to oversee production of the Ford 5.0L Coyote engine. The Ontario government announces a further contribution of $81 million.


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