Ford F-150 Plant to Add 2,000 Jobs

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With a strong month of F-150 sales under its belt and a new van on the way, Ford is announcing it will be adding 2,000 jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Mo., by the end of this year.

To be specific, Ford will add 900 employees on the F-150 line in the third quarter of this year with a third shift, and then in the fourth quarter it will add another 1,100 employees at the facility to accommodate the fact it will be building the new full-size Transit van on a parallel line.  

The plant will now be able to produce more regular cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab F-150s, as well as the new-to-the-lineup Transit as a result of the addition of a $1.1 billion expansion, which includes a 437,000-square-foot stamping facility and 78,000-square-foot high-tech paint shop. 

“Customer demand for today’s F-150 is strong and continues growing, the truck segment is growing three times faster than the overall industry, the housing market is strengthening, and we are seeing growth in the U.S. economy,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas, said in a statement. “Our ‘Built Ford Tough’ F-150 is America’s favorite pickup, and we are going to expand operations in Kansas City to ensure we have enough trucks to meet customer demand.”

For the full press release, click here.  

 

Comments

Nice to see companies regaining faith in the USA economy. It has been a tough haul since 2008.

If they are going to be manufacturing diesel Transits alongside of the F-150s, I wonder if there will be diesel F-150s?

When is all said and done it is good to have employment growth.

2000 more people making the same piece of crap.

2000 more people making the same piece of crap.

Posted by: FordTrucks77 | May 2, 2013 5:16:50 AM

Preach it my brother! Crap is right.


@ FordTrucks1
Considering I didn't post the above comment that is pretty good! Must have been one of the troll idiots like TruckGuy or AllAmerican. I am glad that Ford is adding 2,000 jobs. It just shows you that the economy is slowly changing directions and Ford is doing well unlike the other 2 bankrupted losers! I have said it before you make absolute trash for decades and it catches up to you. They should have gone out of business!!

GO FORD!!!!! You make the best trucks on the road. Take that RAMTARDS because your truck is 3rd best and is slowly decending to 4th best. All new Rams are coming with a free 3 year AAA membership and a fire extinguisher just to sell their junk! DON'T POST ANY MORE COMMENTS UNDER MY NAME ASS#&@ES!



GO FORD!!!!! You make the best trucks on the road. Take that RAMTARDS because your truck is 3rd best and is slowly decending to 4th best. All new Rams are coming with a free 3 year AAA membership and a fire extinguisher just to sell their junk! DON'T POST ANY MORE COMMENTS UNDER MY NAME.


Why is Ford's warranty on their trucks not up to par with GM and Ram?

Why is Ford's warranty on their trucks not up to par with GM and Ram?

Posted by: Greg | May 2, 2013 7:08:04 AM

Sadly it is because they don't believe in their product. Why back something when you know it is going to fail after the 60,000 mile mark. Ford needs to step it up.


Look children, any time an American manuf. ADDS JOBS!!!!! it is a win win for U.S. ALL!!! I would even go so far as to say any American factory, of any manuf. is a win win for U.S.! no matter who it is! and coming from me, that is saying something! As it is We The People, that are the only ones who can turn Our Country around! no one else, especially in government today can do anything right, never mind turning this mess around, we have the power, all we have to do is use it wisely! but most of all Together!

If Ford would make thier trucks a little more stylish I might buy one. But I don't like the front end, The grill is just a rectangle on a square front end, I mean come on put a little more lines on the thing.

I agree with Sandman 4x4 that any job growth is good job growth. Adding jobs in Ford's plants is a good thing; even if I personally don't like their products (at least partially for the exact reason Denver GREG states).

Why can't Ram build a truck that can't more than 3 stars in a crash test?

@sandman4X4 --I agree. Why not be appreciative of the 2,000 additional jobs. That is 2.000 additional taxpayers and consumers. Whether you drive a Ford or not why not be more appreciative of Ford adding additional jobs. I guess some people would rather be negative all the time.

@sandman4x4

Those 2 posts about Ford's warranty aren't posted by me. It was done by one of those troll morons Truckguy etc. Ford doesn't need to give you a big fancy 100k powertrain warranty like the other 2. The only reason they do that is because they know they suckered you into buy a POS that won't last past 3/36 so they have to help control defecting consumers.

On a side note to: AllAmerican and TruckGuy I currently work in law enforcement and I WILL be tracing your IP address and find out who you are. If you think I am kidding try me.

FordTrucks77, LOL, I bet your being tracked by the law right now.

"Considering I didn't post the above comment that is pretty good! Must have been one of the troll idiots like TruckGuy or AllAmerican. I am glad that Ford is adding 2,000 jobs. It just shows you that the economy is slowly changing directions and Ford is doing well unlike the other 2 bankrupted losers! I have said it before you make absolute trash for decades and it catches up to you. They should have gone out of business!!"


@ the Real FordTrucks77 I'm not sure who is stealing screen names here but I've made no other comment on this page or subject outside of this one. I don't appreciate the trolls here any more than you do. No doubt it's the usual suspects. The Greg's, Bob's, Tyler's, Sierra, Bvonscott. It's the GMC idiots from GMI. I'm absolutely thrilled to see this news! Our new Platinum F-150 is a joy to own and I look forward to the new Platinum Atlas version of the next truck which we'll also own. A true American built truck. Just absolutely beautiful.

@FordTrucks1 I am in the process of investigating this now. I agree with you as to who it is. It is the latest in the childish BS that goes on on this website. THis place has become a joke. I absolutely love my Lariat SuperCrew. All the anti-Ford stuff posted under my name is obviously not me. And you can tell that. I will find out who it is and deal with it accordingly. PUTC has been pretty cooperative so far.

@sandman4x4

Those 2 posts about Ford's warranty aren't posted by me. It was done by one of those troll morons Truckguy etc. Ford doesn't need to give you a big fancy 100k powertrain warranty like the other 2. The only reason they do that is because they know they suckered you into buy a POS that won't last past 3/36 so they have to help control defecting consumers.

On a side note to: AllAmerican and TruckGuy I currently work in law enforcement and I WILL be tracing your IP address and find out who you are. If you think I am kidding try me.

Posted by: FordTrucks77 | May 2, 2013 9:17:31 AM

Why in the world do people take things so seriously that are posted in this blog? Good grief people. This goes for the impersonators and all of the others. No crime has been committed in here other than childishness. Either PUTC needs to register usernames, or people need to grow thicker skin. It's a simple as that!


1st, nice that any company is adding jobs. 2nd why would Ford need to up their warranty? They sell more 1/2 tons than anyone else and for the foreseeable future will.

Long warranty periods are there to instill confidance in the consumer. Think of when Hyundai came out with its 10yr/100,000 mile warranty. Its marketing (in reguard to the consumer industry). Offered warranty and reliability have nothing in common. Now, if you look at warranty accurual rates, that is more telling about product issues/reliability,etc.

Ford sells alot of trucks and does not need to entice the consumer with "peace of mind".

Ive owned F150s all my life and every one had lasted beyond 100,000 miles with nothing major. No matter the brand, how you take care of things matters.

The manufacturers that do offer a 100K warrenty is only for 5 years or 100K. Which for a lot of people is no better then a 5/60 becasue they don't put the miles on fast enough. I've never had an issue with a powertrain item going in five years, I did have the tranny go out on two Ford Tauruses right around 65K on both of them but the cars where both seven years old so I was out of luck and though it had a 100K warrenty I was over the five years.

@ Grnzel --Exactly. It is precisely how you take care of anything. I have been upset in the past when I have taken care of a car and later sold it, to see it bashed up and junk shortly after selling. I would rather just sell it to the junk yard and watch it being crushed up than to have an old reliable friend who has given me years of good service be trashed. I guess that is one reason I have held onto my older truck after buying a new one, plus it has been very reliable. It upsets me when I see people trash things and then complain that they cannot afford something. Some people never figure that out that in the long run they need to take care of things and then they will be able to save their money and a afford a new one when they really need it.

I think I will submit my application, I'm tired of the office desk job, need something differant.

As far as the warrantee issues go, when Ford posts that they have made more $ than ever, and that comes out to more $ in % than everyone else, if you step back and honestly think about this, do you think the reason for this is because of their "short" warrantees? as if they do not have to pay the $ for repairs after a certain time, it just stands to reason they would make more $, right? granted this would not be the only reason, but I would bet it is one of the top reasons why Ford makes more % on their vehicles than the others, and when I had a problem with the head gasket in my EB while well under the warrantee, just because I have a Cold Air Induction system on it, they still tried to get out from fixing my truck, to you know, "make more $"!!!!! The when you look at all the manuf. with good long warrantees, and see they are not making the same amount of % on a dollar as Ford is, this seams to me like one of many factors that would definably contribute to their bottom dollar!

Ignore the fool who thinks he's going to be tracking an IP address off of a comment. Pay no attention to FordTrucks77, we purposely trained him wrong... as a joke.

Glad to see Ford adding more jobs, should be interesting to see how the truck wars take off with all the new models coming out in the next few years.

I do agree that it would be nice for Ford to up the warranty on their trucks as GM and RAM have but the strategy they use is clearly working.

If the warranty is the reason for profits, then why does Ram make $2000 more than GM with the same warranty length?

You make more $ with new models and updates because the transaction prices go up. With old models the problem is two fold 1) you don't have the transaction price increase and 2) you must discount because the trucks are older.

GM also damages itself by not offering luxury packages for Chevy - "if it is not used a lot, like daily, it doesn't belong on the truck." - says Chevy

I fail to see how people can turn this into a brand bashing post. Wake up people! This is about JOBS for Americans. And this Canadian likes that a lot! You need it and so do we!

As Truck Wars Heat Up Ram Ramps Up Production

Automaker’s Warren Truck plant expects to increase production by more than 70,000 vehicles in 2013.

With a reviving economy expected to increase demand for full-size pickups, Chrysler is sharply boosting production of its big Ram 1500.

Truck sales took a spectacular tumble when the economy crashed but with the housing market showing signs of revival pickups could be one of the year’s hot products — and Chrysler is ready to take advantage of the fact that it was recently named North American Truck of the Year.

The maker’s Ram brand will rapidly ramp up production of the Ram 1500 pickup truck at its Warren, Mich., from 227,000 in 2012 to more than 300,000 vehicles this year.

Keep on Truckin'!

After winning North American Truck of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show last month, Chrysler is hoping to make some inroads in a segment long-dominated by Ford’s F-150 and, to a lesser degree, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups.

Chrysler boosts production of hot-selling Ram by 32 percent

2013 Ram 1500

In what may be an economic indicator of sorts, Chrysler will increase production of its new Ram pickup by 32 percent.

The decision to dramatically ramp up output — from 227,000 at Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant in 2012 to 300,000 this year — was spurred partly by signs that the housing industry continues to improve, according to the DetroitBureau.com.

Since many of the folks who work in that business drive pickups, any jump in housing activity usually boosts pickup sales.

In addition, the pickup truck segment is expected to be red-hot this year with a still-fresh Ram and Ford F-series, an all-new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra and a restyled Toyota Tundra.

The Ram – the only pickup in the segment with an 8-speed automatic – won North American Truck of the Year at the Detroit auto show.

The company believes that award will give sales a push, too.

Chrysler did not say when the increase in production would occur at the Warren plant. But that increase combined with Rams built in Saltillo, Mexico, could bring total production to nearly 400,000 this year.

Last year, Ford sold 645,000 F-series pickups and General Motors sold a 575,000 Silverados and Sierras.

Toyota has generally been a distant fifth in the segment, with 101,621 Tundra sales last year.

Pickup trucks have long been critical to domestic automakers because they generate the most profits.

http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/chrysler-boosts-production-of-hot-selling-ram-by-32-percent.html/

Ram Truck leads Chrysler to best April sales in six years

Chrysler Group LLC's Ram Truck brand helped tow the automaker to its best April sales since 2007.

The Auburn Hills-based automaker sold 156,698 cars and trucks last month, an 11 percent increase compared to sales in April 2012.

Ram Truck brand sales were up 49 percent, the largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler brand in April. It was the brand’s best April sales since 2007.

“Chrysler Group’s best April sales in six years helped to maintain our sales momentum and drove us to our 37th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains,” said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, in a statement. “Our sales last month were solid across the board with seven Chrysler Group vehicles recording their best April sales ever.”

Seven Chrysler vehicles set sales records in the month of April. The Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, Fiat 500, and Ram Cargo Van all logged their best April sales ever. The Dodge Dart also experienced its best sales month since the vehicle was launched in June last year with more than 8,000 sold.

Following the Ram brand's lead of year-over-year sales gains included Dodge up 18 percent; Jeep up 2 percent; and Fiat steady, up 1 percent. The automaker's namesake brand experienced a 13 percent sales decrease last month compared to April 2012.


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Many automotive analysts predicted Chrysler's year-over-year sales to be up about 12 percent in April.


Chrysler’s top-selling vehicles changed quite a bit from March to April, as Jeep sales rebounded from inventory constants due to Jeep Liberty production ending in August and the ongoing product launches and launch preparations for the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Cherokee (the Liberty replacement), and the Jeep Compass and Patriot.

Great post 2014 Hemi RAM!

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@Bill B - I agree. Increased jobs in the USA means better times for trading partners like Canada.

Bashing good news is pathetic.

@FordTruck1 or FORDTRUCK77. Now you can see who is posting under your name. The same old IDIOT that who does does the guts and glory crap. What a loser he is.

While GM woes continues

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/03/business/gms-quarterly-profit-falls-14.html?hpw&_r=0

@ David Robertson--Thanks for the link. They need to get rid of Ackerson. My next vehicle is probably going to be Japanese or Korean but made in the US. I am sick of supporting overpaid US CEOS and after reading all the fanboyism on this site between Ford, GM, and Ram fan boys I am going to choose none of the above. I have had mostly GM and Fords and have had decent service out of all of them but after almost 20 years of Detroit products I am ready to make the change (previous to 1994 I had two made in Japan vehicles and loved both). Also I am not that big of fan of the UAW and do not like the influence they exercise over the US auto and truck industry. My wife had a Honda Accord for over 17 years and I had a Mighty Max Pickup for over 14 years. At least when you sell a Japanese or Korean vehicle people want them, especially the younger people who for the most part don't want what Detroit has to offer. Fanboyism is kind of the last straw that has convinced me to buy Asian next time.

As for Ford this is a positive thing to create 2,000 jobs. The F-150 has been a solid seller and I wish Ford continued success, but I will not be buying anymore Detroit metal.

@FordTrucks77: Ram declining? Soon to be 4th place? I see no proof of that, their sales went up, and as I said, they are working through getting their new products out. Wow. Hope you actually know your law job better then you know about trucks. Tell me how it's going after October sales.

How is Ford doing fixing the Ecoboost condensation/limp mode issue? Maybe they will be hiring more techs to fix all these new trucks? Or the transmissions that slam into 1st gear as you slow? Oh I got it, you probably don't even own a newer truck.

Since you are in law enforcement, know anything about those Crown Vics getting recalled for loosing steering? Yeah, the steering just disconnects. Maybe you should get on that and track it down, officer Fife, as in Barney.

I agree with Sandman 4x4.

@Jeff S

So... because of "fanboyism" you won't be buying Ford, GM, or Ram?

Don't let the crazy people influence you as you'll find them for every company although I do agree with your UAW comment.

@The Tone--Fanboyism is not the only reason it is just the final straw. I tend to keep my vehicles a long time and the American brands don't seem to hold their value or are as desirable as the Asian brands. I think all of the vehicles have increase dramatically in quality and to say that one brand is the best is erroneous. My message to the extreme fanboys is the best vehicle is the one that meets your needs and gives you good service regardless of brand. As for the UAW I am not antiunion as much as I am sick of them as I am sick of overpaid CEOs. Some CEOs are better than others (Mullaly is good) but others like Ackerson, Naradelli (former Home Depot), and Ackerman (Pan AM) were terrible and only have their interest at heart and be damned the company. They need to hire CEOs that are interested in the corporation, the stockholders, the quality of the product, the customers, and the workers.

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@JeffS - some would say "man-up" about the fanboi's, but I have to agree. I have walked into a dealership ready to buy but ended up dealing with a few assholes and I've walked out and purchased elsewhere.
If I had to replace my truck and it was a tie between the new Ram and the new Chevy and I had to wade through 5 pages of Rambo motard sheep herder idiot posts to find one relevant tidbit, it would sway my choice.
Many unions have gotten too powerful. The UAW is a prime example of a good thing that turned parasitic and has all but exsanguinated the USA auto industry.
I also agree that too many selfish idiotic CEO's have risen to power and have almost killed the corporations they are meant to serve.

@Lou--Thanks, you got my points. If you want to sell me a Ram or F-150 don't tell me that the competition is junk and don't tell me that the old Chevy I drive is junk because all GMs are junk and Gov. Motors. Also don't post advertising from Ram, that is enough to make me not ever look at Ram. State what makes Ram or Ford a good product and let me see for myself. If I were selling someone a product I would not bash a competitors product. No one wants to be pressured to buy a particular brand. I too have had salesmen act like jerks and I walk out on them. Part of being a man is to not act like a juvenile and slam another persons choices whether it be brand of truck or anything else. This type of behavior infurIates people and if anything it convinces people to not look at the product. I am glad that Ford is hiring an additional 2,000 workers and I am glad when jobs are created anywhere in North America. We should be celebrating job creation not bashing it. I want to see more creation of better paying jobs because those jobs create other jobs and create overall wealth locally and on a global scale. Let's celebrate these new jobs and be more appreciative. Let's all man-up and act like mature men and not juveniles.

It's great the Ford is hiring but the economy being revied is just spin. 2000 jobs don't equal the 9.5 million that left the workforce under Obama.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/95-million-people-have-left-workforce-under-obama

Real unemployment still at 17%. The country is still in trouble.

It's great that Ford is hiring but the economy being revived is just spin. 2000 jobs don't equal the 9.5 million that left the workforce under Obama.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/95-million-people-have-left-workforce-under-obama

Real unemployment still at 17%. The country is still in trouble.

@Dave - pretty short sighted to blame everything on Obama don't you think? George Dubya was at the helm when the train was derailing.

He said he was going to fix it and hasn't. Obama has been in office for 5 years. And Bush had a Democrat controlled Congress in 2006. That's what affects the economy. No one talks about that.

For those old enough to remember, when Ronald Reagan became president and inherited an economy that was in shambles, the media made a big deal out of the fact that once Reagan put in his first budget, the economy was his. Now, going into 5 years after Obama was elected, the media and liberal drones still push the idea that the economy is still not Obama’s. No double standard or bias here.

@Dave

Exactly.

Since Barry has no integrity, leadership skills and honor he will continue to blame GWB for his own failings... of which there are so many it has become a national embarrassment.

The LMSM have no problem covering for Obama.

The recession ended in June 2009. The current recession is the ONLY recession in the post-war era in which employment has not returned to pre-recession levels four years after the recession’s start.

Economic Revival? Ford will add 2000 more jobs, but overall private-sector hiring remains historically low. At current rates of job creation unemployment will not return to normal levels for another 5 years!!! Ughhh.

To get us back on track we need to return to the principles of economic freedom.

@Dave - politicians get blamed for when things go wrong and they take the credit when things go well. Either way, most politician's have little effect on the economy other than borrowing tons of money to artificially manipulate it, or make tons of laws that artificially manipulate it.
Dubya was the one who slacked the rules on banking and investment oversight. He also borrowed a lot of money.

It is a pretty complex topic and to expect a country to crawl out of a mess like what happened in 2008 in 5 years is unrealistic. Europe is still in trouble. If they have more problems, it will hurt the USA's economy too.
USA has a massive debt load and no-one on both sides of the political spectrum have what it takes to fix it.
Political ideology often blinds one to a path that is the best. In the case of the USA's debt load, a blend of left and right ideology is needed to fix things.
I suspect that there is no other option but to tax more and spend less.



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