So long stack


One of the most recognizable structures along the Queen Elizabeth Way in Southern Ontario has mere hours left standing as Ford of Canada has decided to demolish an unused building and paint stack at its Oakville Assembly Plant.

Decommissioned five years ago, the stack being demolished is the one closest to the Ford of Canada office building. Kerri Stoakley, Ford internal communications manager, says demolishing the unused building and stack is an “energy efficient and cost-effective choice.”

Ford notes it has followed Ministry of Environment guidelines to ensure appropriate measures are taken during the demolition. Approximately 80 per cent of the materials from the demolition site can be recovered and reused, such as concrete and steel.

Demolition of the stack will take place on Saturday, March 17 at 6 a.m. There will be no access to the area within a 1,000-foot radius of the stack until 9 a.m. The Canadian Road will be closed from approximately 5 a.m. to roughly 9 a.m.

In an effort to “alleviate potential driver distraction,” a stretch major highway near the plant including the QEW, 403 and the Service Road will also be closed for about 10 minutes starting at 6 a.m.

“We are working with the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Provincial Police and Halton Regional Police on the brief road closures.”

Once the demolition is done, the space will be flat as the concrete pad will be left in place, and it will be used for finished vehicle parking.