Ford F-150 Plant to Add 2,000 Jobs


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.  



The problem is not just Obama. Democrats OWNED Congress from 2006 until 2010, and even then only took a majority in the House. Obama was part of the Senate from 2005 to 2008. The Senate is still OWNED by Reid and the Democrats who are more OBSESSED with Guns than with the economy. In fact they don't want to fix the economy, they want to be like Lou and blame Bush, so they can run on it for 2014. It is really getting old but low information people like Lou will believe whatever the mainstream media says.

This may have been around before but it is worth reading it again!

This tells the story, why Bush was so bad at the end of his term.

Some people aren't aware of all of this. Don't just skim over this, please read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out.

The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3, 2007... the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress. At the time:

The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6%

George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH Remember the day...

January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!

Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie? OBAMA and the Democrat Congress So when someone tries to blame Bush.. REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!" Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is "I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th." There is no way this will be widely publicized unless each of us sends it on!

@Tyler - interesting read, and what makes you think that I'm a Democrat?
Remember the photo of Dubya in a grade school classroom and the book he was holding was upside down?
It is always easy to blame someone else or another group especially if that group is different than the one you belong to.
Things do not happen overnight. It goes further back.

Why did the USA invade Afghanistan when most of the 9-11 terrorists were Saudi Arabian?
Which President had wealthy friends in Saudi Arabia?
Bin Ladin is more than a name of a terrorist.

Chill dude and don't take it so personal. It is not as if the Republicans and Democrats spent your 2 billion dollars on the last election (unless you donated to "The Mitt").

@Tyler & Dave--Lou does not have a vested interest in the US political system and as an outsider can see our system more objectively. Fox and Friends or MSNBC which are the extreme right and left are propaganda. Highly paid pundits that make their livings stirring people up. Our political system is fed by corporate contributions which in simpler terms is similiar to a drug addict being feed crack cocaine by a drug dealer. Does a dealer furnish drugs out of the goodness of their heart? Why would a dealer initially give away free samples of drugs? Fox and Friends and MSNBC seldom talk about corporate contributions. Corporate contributors like the drug dealer give political contributions not as a civic duty but to buy the influence of politicians. The Defense industry owes its very existence to the political campaign and lobbying process.

President Eisenhower's last speech warned us of Military Industrial Influence. Eisenhower being in the military most of his life was more crediable than a talking head. In comparison who's advice would you rely on more on PUTC, a fanboy or an expert with experience with all trucks? I know which one I would rely on.

I am no fan of Pelosi or Reed, but then I am no fan of any politician or talking head. I would rather our country spend its resources on infrastructure instead of weapons and policing the World. Job creation and giving more people the opportunity to become middle class should be the goal. Ford creating 2,000 will not change our economy overnight but if it helps to light a fuse to ignite our economy then this is a start.

I think you are being one eyed and simplistic in your views. This is distorting.

I would be what you describe as a GOP supporter, but I do see the benefits of some 'left wing' ideals ie, public health, education, etc.

What's hurting not only the US but most OECD countries is their inability to compete with the new and rising economies, not only China.

The OECD has ruled the roost since WWII and now these new economies are becoming powerful and influential, and people like you with your arrogance and lack of education is what will slow the US down. This attitude comes from both Dems and GOP supporters.

The major dominant US industries are heavily protected and subsidised. There is resistance to change, like Jeff S stated due to lobbying influence in Washington. This doesn't matter if they are Donkeys or Elephants.

Corporate welfare will eventually kill of industries. Corporate welfare is supported by Unions and Industry. That is a lot of lobby influence on both sides of the political sphere.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae is corporate welfare, it supports the building industry more so than providing homes to people who shouldn't buy a home because they don't have the money.

The cheap interest rates are subsidised by the taxpayers, so is it really worth it?

The problem the US is encountering is the inability of the general public to come together with a common solution. If the people can't work together then the country won't.

Europe has the same problems with government influence corporate welfare and protectionism.

It has taken Japan over 20 years to realise that the influence of large corporations is hindering the countries progress.

The only way for the OECD (including the US) to overcome their current economic problems is to realise we don't rule the roost and to compete we must change the way we do business.

Just cutting social programs, reducing the civil service, cutting corporate welfare, cuts to the military will not fix the US.

A structural change is required. This means a cultural change in attitudes. It seems most in the US are in favour of change, except if they have to contribute.

Any cuts in goverment spending will affect your economy. 40% of your economy is based on government spending. This needs to be reduced.

The first piece of restructuring I would do is to remove handouts to agriculture, energy and manufacturing (including the military industrial complex). I would not reduce social programs as this money is injected back into the economy much quicker.

I would then gradually roll back protectionist policies supporting inefficient industry. I believe in true capitalism, not socialist capitalism. To many industries in the US are reliant on the government.

Obama did walk into a mess and the problems are that deeply rooted that it will take generations to solve. I do hope you guys make the correct decisions about the future. But remember there is a bigger world out there than the US.

@JeffS, Big Al - thanks. The donkeys versus elephants divide that exists needs to end if the public can exert pressure on the system to change. The land of the free and the home of the brave is ruled by the 0.1% which is catered to by the 1% who subsequently manipulates the remaining 98.9% . Sad but true.

To those blinded by partisan ideology - ever wonder why big corporations tend to contribute to both Repub and Dems election campaigns?

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