Ford will create 2, 000 new jobs and invest 1.3 billion dollars in its Kentucky truck plant to support the launch of the new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.
Ford has announced plans to invest 1.3 billion dollars for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at the Kentucky truck plant. Add to that the 80 million dollars invested in 2014 to meet growing customer demand for its trucks and 129 million dollars to support Lincoln MKC production at Louisville Assembly Plant, and Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville in the past two years.
This output facility produces the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator and has built more than 5 million Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999. The automakers began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees, while the truck plant, which opened in 1969, currently employs almost 4,400 people.
The new investment will add 2,000 more jobs, though some may be filled by employees moving from other plants, according to a source briefed on the plan. “Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.