Ford Puts New People to Work to Address F-150 Demand
As its flagship F-Series pickup truck line continues to sell in substantial numbers, Ford (NYSE:F) has added a third shift to its Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the F-150 is produced. The truck is now coming up on 24 consecutive months of increasing sales.
The added shift will serve up an additional 900 new hourly workers to meet the demand. The first part of Ford’s plan is to bring 2,000 new hourly jobs to the same facility, as the demand has been so great. The automaker sold 60,449 F-Series in July, the best sales figure for the midsummer month since 2006.
“Ford F-Series sales are the strongest since 2006, and we are increasing production to meet this demand,” Doug Scott, Ford Truck’s group marketing manager, said in a company 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 has pledged to add 12,000 hourly jobs by 2015, and with the addition of 900 new employees at the aforementioned plant, the company says it is 75 percent of the way there. This year to date, Ford has added 2,335 hourly jobs and 1,500 salaried positions in the United States.
The same Missouri facility will also handle the production of the Ford Transit. When Transit production begins, close to 275 suppliers nationally and six suppliers locally will grow their business, according to Ford. Even Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, weighed in on the additions at the Kansas City Assembly Plant.
“Missouri’s resurgent auto industry continues to drive economic growth and create good jobs for Missouri families in Kansas City and across the state,” he said in Ford’s press release. “I applaud Ford for their historic investment in this region and congratulate the hundreds of additional autoworkers going to work building America’s most popular pickup right here in the Show-Me State.”