Ford hires another 1,200 workers, tops workforce pledge image

The second-largest US automaker announced it would move to add 1,200 workers and a new production shift at its plant in Missouri, to cater for increased demand for the new Transit commercial van.

The new shift would be added by the year’s end, also making the assembly facility in the Kansas City suburb of Claycomo, Missouri, the biggest volume factory worldwide for the automaker.

According to a company spokesperson, the added jobs are covered by an investment plan of $1.1 billion started in 2011 and was triggered by the high sales of the E-Series van replacement, which started production in April in the US.

“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a statement today.

The latest hiring round also marks Ford’s move to surpass a 2011 pledge with the UAW union to add 12,000 domestic workers by 2015. The pledge has been thoroughly exceeded, as Ford increased its US employment ranks since 2011 by more than 14,000 people. At the end of 2011, when it signed a four-year agreement with the UAW, Ford had a North American workforce of 75,000 people and at the start of 2014 the automaker already had gone up to 84,000 workers.

Via Reuters, Bloomberg