On Thursday, December 4 the newest Toyota Plant opened in Woodstock Ontario, bringing with it 1,200 new jobs at a cost of $1.1 billion Canadian (US$859 million) to a city of approximately 36,000 people. Although the plant officially opened a few days ago, it has been assembling compact SUVs for about a month now, primarily the RAV4 model.
As a result, Toyota’s assembly capacity in Canada has increased from 300,000 units to 375,000, making the combination of plants in Cambridge and Woodstock the second-largest operation among Toyota’s wholly owned North American facilities. The Cambridge facility, about 40 minutes northeast of Woodstock, employs 4,500 people, primarily manufacturing Corollas, Matrixes and Lexus RX350s.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty were among the dignitaries on hand to open the Woodstock facility. “Having the best workers helps attract the best jobs, and that’s why we’re so pleased to work with Toyota,” said McGuinty. “Our government will continue working with the auto industry to secure good jobs for Ontario families.”