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Ford Invests $1.3 Bil at Kentucky Plant for New Super Duty

Automaker adding 2,000 jobs.

by on Dec.01, 2015

Ford plans to expand its uses of aluminum in its truck to include its Super Duty line-up.

Ford Motor Co. is preparing to spend $1.3 billion to prepare the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, for the next generation heavy-duty pickup truck, which will have an all-aluminum body just like the popular F-150.

The move will also create 2,000 new jobs to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck, which Ford is already describing as the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck line-up ever despite some tough competition from General Motors and FCA U.S.

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Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new truck in Kentucky. The investment in the new body shop comes on top of the $80 million Ford invested in 2014 to meet growing customer demand for Super Duty trucks. (more…)

Ford’s Heavy-Duty Trucks Also Going Aluminum

Maker charging ahead with lightweight metal for F-Series.

by on Sep.30, 2014

Ford plans to expand its use of aluminum in its trucks to include its Super Duty line-up.

With its new full-size F-Series pickups set to migrate to an “aluminum-intensive” design for 2015, Ford Motor Co. officials have confirmed that the maker’s heavy-duty models also will switch to the lightweight metal when they are redesigned several years from now.

The standard-duty full-size trucks will drop as much as 750 pounds in mass, Ford previously revealed, a move that should yield a significant boost in fuel economy. In turn, “Lightweighting offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to conquest” buyers away from competitors such as General Motors and Chrysler, said Jim Farley, global sales and marketing director, during a presentation to industry analysts on Monday.

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Ford is just preparing to roll out the new F-150, a move observers believe could be one of the most important it will make for years to come. That’s because the entire F-Series line-up – including standard and heavy-duty models – makes up the single best-selling product range in the U.S. auto industry. (more…)