Ontario carmakers on slow road to full output

Automakers and other manufacturers in Ontario continued to operate on limited production schedules Wednesday and said they expect to struggle with production until at least the weekend, more than a week after the Blackout of 2003.

"We're very hopeful that it will come back to normal as soon as possible," said John Jelinek, vice president of public affairs at Ford Motor Co. of Canada, Oakville, Ontario.

Jelinek said the company was limited to single shifts at its Ontario truck assembly plant in Oakville, where it produces the popular F-150 pickup truck, as well as the assembly plant where the Windstar is manufactured.

Ford operations in Windsor, Ontario, also were "greatly diminished," with the company's...


August 20, 2003

22:34 GMT