Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., which produces several versions of the popular Ford F-150 (and the soon-to-be-produced full-size Transit van), will add a third production shift to meet growing pickup truck demand.
“Ford F-Series sales are the strongest since 2006, and we are increasing production to meet this demand,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group marketing manager in a statement. “This is an important indicator that our economy is growing again. We are proud that Ford Trucks are helping more and more of our customers get back to work.”
Ford F-Series sales are up more than 22 percent for the first half of 2013 when compared to last year, with more than 60,000 F-150, F-250 and F-350 models sold just last month. Of those numbers (both year to date and monthly), the vast majority of those sales are the current 12th-generation half-ton model. The extra 900 workers on the third shift in Missouri will be specifically added to the F-150 production line, with another 1,100 jobs coming for the Transit production line at a later date. Transit vans will go on sale later next summer.
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