US: Ford invests in Lincoln MKC production facility image

The Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky that has been tasked with the production of the all-new, Matthew McConaughey sanctioned, 2015 Lincoln MKC crossover has received an investment of $129 million.

The manufacturing facility will also add 300 new workers to support the ongoing production of the latest addition to the premium brand’s lineup. The MKC shares its platform and numerous underpinnings with the Ford Escape small SUV – a best seller for the brand. The demand for the latter, which is also produced at the Louisville factory is usually bigger than supply.

“The UAW and Ford remain steadfast in our commitment to Louisville with the addition of Lincoln MKC to Louisville Assembly Plant’s production line,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The 300 new jobs add to the plant’s 4,600 UAW team members – a fantastic feat enabled through the collective bargaining between the UAW and Ford to support U.S. manufacturing.”

According to figures coming from Autodata Corp., sales of the Escape model have almost reached 180,000 units in the first seven months of the year. Additionally, the deliveries for the MKC model – which has reached showroom lots in May – are close to 2,900 units. But sales of small crossovers are expected to rise further, with the segment becoming the fastest growing among luxury models – since 2008 a 600% growth has been recorded and it’s expected to jump another 300% through 2017.