Yesterday at the Detroit Motor Show, Ford Chairman Bill Ford made an impressive announcement that affects my home town of Oakville, Ontario. The backbone of our local economy has been the Ford assembly plant, currently operating on 50% capacity since the closure of the F150 truck line. The other 50% of the plant has had a rough ride in the last few years as the sole producer of the Freestar mini-van.
Well, the future sure looks bright. Mr. Ford announced the Oakville plant will begin assembling the new crossover models, specifically the Edge and Lincoln MKX, due to showcase in the 2007 model year. These 2 models will enhance my home town’s economy immensely.
In my private career management practice I see numerous opportunities ahead for me to assist professionals in the automotive industry across North America. The news isn’t all doom and gloom. The brands will change, the vehicles will still be built.
The automotive industry at this juncture fascinates me; there are tremendous opportunities for dedicated automotive career professionals, just like the rest of the workforce. However, company transition between companies is a viable option in order to remain employed.