Ford adds 850 jobs to build 2015 F-150Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:01:00 EST
Pickup trucks tend not to advance at quite the same pace as the rest of the industry. That's what makes the new Ford F-150 so remarkable, jettisoning its old steel construction in favor of aluminum. It's a game changer that Ford is betting big on, and in anticipation of surging demand, the Blue Oval automaker is adding 850 new jobs to put the thing together.
Those 850 new employees will be centered at Ford's Rouge complex in Michigan – with 300 at Dearborn Stamping, 50 more at Dearborn Diversified and 500 at the Dearborn Truck facility, the latter of which has already kicked off what Ford describes as "the largest manufacturing transformation in decades." Old manufacturing equipment is being replaced with the latest technologies, and even the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is undergoing a complete overhaul.
The new jobs come as part of the commitments Ford made to the UAW in 2011 to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015 – a number which Ford has already exceeded at 14,000. Over 4,000 of those are centered in southeastern Michigan.
Oct 13, 2014 | DEARBORN, Mich.
Ford Continues Job Creation Momentum, Adds 850 More Jobs at Historic Rouge Center to Build New F-150
- Ford is adding 850 more jobs to its Dearborn Truck, Stamping and Diversified facilities to build the all-new 2015 F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever
- Dearborn Truck Plant recently has undergone the largest manufacturing transformation in decades to prepare for the truck's launch
- Already Ford has surpassed its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015 as part of the 2011 UAW contract talks; total new job creation to date exceeds 14,000; more than 4,000 jobs added in southeastern Michigan alone
Ford Motor Company today announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150 launching in a matter of weeks.
"As customer anticipation for the all-new F-150 continues to build, today we are bringing on 850 new jobs to help meet the market demand for the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. "The new truck sets new standards for the future of tough – right down to how it's built."
As a part of the launch of the all-new F-150, Dearborn Truck Plant recently underwent the largest manufacturing transformation in decades, replacing legacy manufacturing equipment with the latest in production technology. This transformation marked the first major renovation of the iconic facility since it opened in 2004. In addition, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is currently undergoing a complete renovation with new films, exhibits and hands-on experiences tied to the new vehicle.
"Today we celebrate the commitment to excellence that the hardworking men and women of the Rouge demonstrate every day," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director of the National Ford Department. "The technology in the all-new 2015 F-150 is something the auto industry has never seen before, and our UAW members are poised and excited to build the next generation of America's favorite truck."
The 850 new jobs are divided among three of the center's facilities – more than 500 for Dearborn Truck, nearly 300 for Dearborn Stamping and more than 50 for Dearborn Diversified – bringing total combined hourly employment near 5,000 workers. These jobs are in addition to the more than 3,000 hourly jobs Ford has added across its U.S. manufacturing facilities this year alone.
"Ford's announcement is more positive news for the citizens of Michigan and a further sign of the comeback of Michigan, manufacturing and the auto industry," said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Job creation goal exceeded
Since the 2011 UAW-Ford contract negotiations, Ford has added jobs across its other U.S. manufacturing plants, for a new job creation total of more than 14,000, which exceeds its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. More than 4,000 of these jobs were added in southeastern Michigan alone, including:
1,800 at Michigan Assembly Plant
1,700 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant
250 at Rawsonville Plant
240 at Van Dyke Transmission Plant
150 at Livonia Transmission Plant
All-new Ford F-150
The 2015 Ford F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.
In designing the backbone of the F-150, Ford engineers improved the truck's signature fully boxed ladder frame. It is all-new with more high-strength steel than ever – making it stronger and lighter. High-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys – already used in aerospace, commercial transportation, energy and many other rugged industries – are used throughout the F-150 body for the first time, improving dent and ding resistance and also saving up to 700 pounds of weight.
The 2015 F-150 is designed to be the most fuel efficient F-150 ever, thanks to the dramatic improvements in weight and advanced engine technology. Every model, every engine and every customer benefits from this weight savings. This means the 2015 F-150 can tow up to 1,100 more pounds, haul up to 530 more pounds and will have better fuel economy ratings than the current F-150 lineup, projected to be in the range of at least 5 percent and as much as 20 percent higher than current models, depending on the model. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are not yet available and will likely be announced in November.
When it arrives in showrooms later this year, the all-new F-150 will have undergone the equivalent of more than 10 million miles of torture testing to ensure it meets or exceeds Built Ford Tough standards.
In addition to an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine offering, a complete lineup of powertrains lets customers tailor the truck ever to their needs. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine returns, an all-new normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 debuts and there is an improved 5.0-liter V8.
F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 66th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 37 consecutive years and the best-selling vehicle in America for 32 consecutive years.
The all-new F-150 will be manufactured at Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.
By Noah Joseph
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