This year Ford will add 800 salaried workers instead of the 2, 200 white-collar employees the company thought it would need to meet increasing demand for new vehicles.
“We are maximizing the facilities we have, ” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas. “We are using every minute of every day but there is more demand than we can supply.”
Ford also struggled last year when sales reached 14.5 million. The automaker increased production capacity by 400,000 during the second half of 2012 and this year it will add 200,000 more units and will also reduce the traditional two-week summer shutdown. The production boost means more shifts, more hourly workers and more salaried workers too.
The US automaker continues to add engineers and other professionals to manufacture new models especially in Dearborn. Ford plans to hire 3,000 salaried workers this year, according to spokeswoman Kristina Adamski. In March Ford has 27,826 salaried workers, up from 27,488 at the end of last year. The company hopes that by the end of this year the number will surpass 30,000, a nice recovery from 25,000 in 2009.
This year Ford will also hire 3,000 hourly employees, from which 1,400 will be at the Flat Rock plant, which is closed until the end of July as it prepares to add production of the new Fusion.