The second-largest US automaker has announced it would create 850 new factory jobs at its Dearborn, Michigan, facilities to boost support for the upcoming launch of its all-new aluminum intensive F-150 pickup truck.
According to the statement of the company, the new positions are divided among three units: the truck assembly factory gets the bulk (more than 500 employees), about 300 go at the stamping plant and the rest are used for the diversified operations.
In its thirteenth generation now, the Ford F-Series nameplate has been continuously sold in America since 1948 and the F-150 (the most popular model) has been the best-selling vehicle in the US for the past 32 years (best pickup deliveries for 43 years!).
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said during the announcement that “the launch is going very well so far,” addressing analyst concerns the historic introduction of the aluminum intensive F-150 could be delayed and hurt the automaker’s profit.
Hinrichs added that with the new addition, the total hourly workforce for the three Dearborn units has gone up to 5,000 people and the new hires have already entered training.
Back in 2011, Ford and the United Auto Workers union set up a deal for the automaker to hire 12,000 new employees by 2015 and the automaker has already exceeded the pledge and created so far more than 14,000 hourly jobs.