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Ford Motor Company of Canada, Walkerville, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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Location Category ID: 8295
Added to Database: 24 March 2014
Last Edited: 24 March 2014
Address: 3001 Riverside Drive East, Walkerville, Windsor, ON N8Y 1A5
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Official Website: Ford Canada
Other Links: Wikipedia
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Latitude, Longitude: 42.326505 , -83.001167
Location Accuracy: 6
Tanks Previously Here: Models of tank built here:
1: Wasp Flamethrower Carrier (Primary manufacturer of base Canadian vehicles)
2: Universal Carrier 2pdr Equipped Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun (Primary manufacturer of base Canadian vehicles)



Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited was founded on 17 August 17 1904 for the purpose of manufacturing and selling Ford automobiles in Canada and the British Empire. It was originally known as the Walkerville Wagon Works, and was located in Walkerville, Ontario (now part of Windsor, Ontario). The founder, Gordon McGregor, convinced a group of investors to invest in Henry Ford's new automobile which was being produced across the river in Detroit. The Model C, the first car to be produced in Canada, rolled out of the factory in late September 1904. (Source: Wikipedia).
The ubiquitous Universal, or 'Bren Gun', Carrier was widely used by British and Commonwealth troops in World War 2. Manufactured in Britain, Canada and Australia, the carrier served on every front, in every formation, and in a variety of roles ranging from infantry support to gun tractor to logistics and communications. Ford of Canada produced almost 29,000 universal carriers in WW2, along with 5,000 Windsor carriers. By 1944, 95% of the Universal Carriers in the Canadian Army had been manufactured in Canada by Ford Motor Company – 8,901 of the MkI and MkII types in total, of which 6,985 had been shipped overseas. (Sources: MapleLeafUp, PerthRegiment).
With the growth in car sales after World War II, together with the acquisition of majority control by Ford Motor Company, Ford of Canada decided to move its head office and build a new assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario. The new Oakville assembly plant was opened in 1953. The Walkerville Plant (the former Canadian Headquarters and main assembly operations, also known as Plant 1) was demolished in 1969. (Source: Wikipedia).

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"Workmen assemble universal carriers (army vehicles) on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Co. plant"
1: "Workmen assemble universal carriers (army vehicles...

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Contributor: LAC
Location Photo ID: 928
Added: 24 March 2014
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