Ford St Thomas Assembly Plant, St Thomas, Ontario
Lincoln Town Car Consolidation Project
July 2007 Downtime
This ‘Fast Track’ short term project consisted of the removal and relocation of the Lincoln Town Car production facility from the idle Ford Plant in Wixom, Michigan to the St Thomas Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. The purchase order was released in late May, with the installation beginning on June 29th.
Lesco’s portion of the project involved the splitting of the 4” Power & Free Right-Hand and Left-Hand Quarter Panel Delivery Conveyors into four separate integrated conveyors, plus the addition of lanes to accommodate the Town Car quarter panels. Lesco also provided engineering services, fabrication, and installation of new equipment to complete this project. This required the fabrication and installation of additional platforms and two CAT drives with takeup.
The conveyors were also converted from a ‘pusher’ type transfer to an intermediate dog’ type transfer conveyor. This involved the addition of secondary dogs to the carrier intermediate trolleys, the rework of the power only track at all track switches, plus the addition of new track switches. Extensive modifications were made to the Door, Roof and Frame Lines.
Lesco also reworked the Long Wheelbase Vehicle Area, including relocation of the entire work area and providing and installing a Grind Booth complete with fire protection and a 32’ roof stack with 36” fan.