Toyota to Hire 800 in Canada

Will add a second shift at Woodstock, Ontario plant, to build RAV4s for the North American market

Toyota is adding 800 new jobs at its Woodstock, Ontario plant to boost production of RAV4 sport utility vehicles to 150,000 per year, the car maker announced on Dec. 10.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) will add a second shift at the plant, in order to build the majority of its RAV4s for the North American market in Ontario, it said. "Thanks to the high demand for this popular vehicle, we are able to increase production in Woodstock," said Ray Tanguay, president of TMMC.

Hiring is to begin this month for the new shift set to launch in March.

The Toyota plant was opened in November 2008 and currently employs 1,200 workers. It also builds the Toyota Corolla, Matrix and Lexus RX350 vehicles.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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