As pickup sales in the US continue to increase, Ford plans to add employees at its Claycomo plant, Missouri, where it manufactures F-150 trucks.
Ford will add a third shift at its Claycomo plant in Missouri, to increase production of F-150 trucks starting from the third quarter. The US automaker will add 2,000 jobs to increase pickup production and to prepare for the introduction of the Transit commercial van in mid-2014. The F-150 has been the leader of the trucks segment in the US for the last 36 years and the best-selling vehicle in the region for more than 30 years.
“It’s a huge vote of confidence in our truck, our sales and what’s going on in the industry overall and the economy,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a telephone interview. “We wouldn’t be hiring if we didn’t think it was going to last. It is a strong indication of how we feel about our continued leadership in the segment.”
For April, Ford, GM and Chrysler reported better-than-expected sales in the US, with Ford up 18%, GM up 11% and Chrysler up 11%. Sales in the US have begun to revive as consumer confidence improves and the housing market begins to recover.