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Sen. Charles Schumer urged Ford Motor Co.’s chief executive officer to “strongly consider” choosing the company’s stamping plant in Hamburg for new work to support a vehicle assembly plant being expanded in Ontario.

Schumer spoke by phone Friday to Ford CEO Alan Mulally, in light of the automaker’s recently disclosed plan to invest $682 million in its Oakville, Ont., assembly plant. The Hamburg plant has a long history of supplying stamped metal parts to the Oakville site, which is about 80 miles away from the Route 5 facility.

Schumer said he emphasized to Mulally his efforts to improve cross-border transportation through a prescreening pilot program at the Peace Bridge, to provide for a reliable international border.

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