As Ford Motor Co. announced on Tuesday that it was creating 1,200 new jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, the UAW noted that the company has fulfilled its commitment to create 12,000 U.S. hourly jobs by 2015.
“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Adding a second shift to Kansas City Assembly Plant adds more jobs to this community, and it also helps deliver more Transit vehicles to more customers throughout North America.”
The 1,200 new jobs are in addition to the 2,800 jobs added at Kansas City Assembly Plant in 2012 and 2013 to support the 2015 Transit launch and increased production of Ford F-150. Ford invested $1.1 billion in 2011 to retool and expand the facility for Transit production and to support surging customer demand for F-150. Expansion projects include the addition of a 437,000-square-foot stamping facility and a 78,000-square-foot paint shop.
Since the 2011 Ford has added jobs across its other U.S. manufacturing plants as well, for a total of 14,000 jobs. Facilities where Ford added jobs include:
- 3,600 at Louisville Assembly Plant
- 1,800 at Michigan Assembly Plant
- 1,700 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
- 1,600 at Chicago Assembly Plant
- 600 at Kentucky Truck Plant
- 450 at Cleveland Engine Plant
- 240 at Van Dyke Transmission Plant
- 230 at Chicago Stamping Plant