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Ford Adding 850 Jobs for new F-150

Automaker spreads new employees to three sites.

by on Oct.13, 2014

Ford President Joe Hinrichs announces the addition of 850 new jobs at Ford facilities in Dearborn, Michigan.

As the new aluminum-intensive F-150 nears production, Ford is adding 850 employees to ensure the launch goes off with out a hitch. The jobs will be added at three Michigan sites, according to the maker.

Of the new hires, about 500 will be at the Dearborn Truck Plant that assembles the pickup. Another 300 workers are headed for Dearborn Stamping the remainder will work at Dearborn Diversified, which also does stamping.

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“As customer anticipation for the all-new F-150 continues to build, today we are bringing on 850 new jobs to help meet the market demand for the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a statement. “The new truck sets new standards for the future of tough – right down to how it’s built.” (more…)

Ford Investing $500 Million in Ohio Engine Plant

Facility adding 300 jobs to build new V6 powerplants.

by on Mar.28, 2014

Ford announced a $500 million investment to add 300 jobs and upgrade the Lima Engine Plant to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine for the 2015 F-150.

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to spend $500 million to upgrade its Lima Engine Plant in Ohio and add 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new 2.7-liter V6 that will be used in the 2015 Ford F-150 due out next fall.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, said the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with a standard stop-start system features an entirely new design that delivers power and performance.

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“Our truck customers have spoken, and we continue to meet their evolving needs by providing another V6 option in the all-new 2015 F-150,” Hinrichs said. (more…)

Ford Adding 1,200 Jobs at Chicago Plant

New, crossover-based Explorer will relocate to Taurus plant.

by on Jan.26, 2010

With the 2011 Ford Explorer, the long-popular SUV switches to a crossover-based design. Photo Courtesy Brenda Priddu & Co.

Following up on hints offered earlier in the month, Ford Motor Co. officials have announced they’ll be adding 1,200 new jobs at an assembly plant on the outskirts of Chicago.

Already building the latest version of the Taurus sedan, Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant will also begin producing the maker’s next-generation Explorer sport-utility vehicle, a move that will require a $400 million investment.  About half that money will go into the assembly plant and a nearby stamping facility.  The rest will go towards engineering and launch-related costs.

Long the most popular SUV on the U.S. market, with sales peaking at 445,000 annually, Ford has seen the Explorer slip sharply, in recent years, however.  The brand was clearly hurt by a problem with tire failures, early in the last decade, but it was also hammered by increased competition, poor gas mileage, harsh ride, questionable quality and a steady shift in consumer tastes away from conventional truck-based utes to car-based crossovers.  In 2009, Explorer sales slipped 35%, from year-earlier levels, to just 52,190.

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The “all-new” version of the SUV, which appears to be a repackaging of the Freestyle and then the Taurus X built in Chicago until last year, will go into production late this year. Explorer  will follow, rather than lead, in at least one key area.  The 2011 Ford Explorer will abandon its body-on-frame design and adopt a crossover design, sharing the same platform used for the latest version of Taurus.

(Ford isn’t the only automaker to make such a dramatic shift.  The original Mercedes-Benz M-Class was truck-based, but the latest version is a car-derived crossover.)