Ford announced it will add 2,000 new workers at its pickup truck plant in Kansas City, due to increased demand for trucks in the US.
Ford said today, May 2nd, that it will add 900 new jobs and a third shift at its pickup truck plant in Kansas City, where it manufactures the F-150 pickup truck, which has been the best-selling US vehicle for more than 30 years. The automaker will add another 1,100 jobs during the fourth quarter to prepare for the introduction of the new Ford Transit full-size van. These changes will increase the company’s workforce at the Kansas City Assembly Plant by more than 80%.
Ford made this move as sales in the lucrative pickup truck market have continues to increase over the past months. The company’s executives said that truck sales have tripled the rate of the overall auto industry.
“There’s a lot more room for the housing market to move because it bottomed out so low in the U.S.,” said Joe Hinrichs, who leads Ford’s operations in North and South America.
The Kansas City plant is among the latest Ford facilities in the US to run a third shift. When Ford signed the four-year labor deal with the UAW in 2011 it promised to create or keep 12,000 hourly jobs in the region by 2015.