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.”
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