Ford has announced that it is adding more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant, according to our sister publication, Equipment World magazine.
The additional jobs will be to produce the Transit work van and to keep up with the demand for its F-150 pickup.
Ford will be adding 1,100 of the 2,000 jobs by the fourth quarter of this year to the work van for 2014 and the remaining 900 will go to the F-150 assembly line.
“Customer demand for today’s F-150 is strong and continues growing, the truck segment is growing three times faster than the overall industry, the housing market is strengthening, and we are seeing growth in the U.S. economy,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas, in a prepared statement.
Kansas City has more than 250 suppliers nationally and more than 10 suppliers locally who will benefit from the addition of the third crew. All suppliers linked to the growth will grow their business due to the job multiplier effect – creating more than 18,000 jobs to support the growing plant.
With this investment, Ford is three-quarters of the way to creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015, and is investing $16 billion in its U.S. product development and manufacturing operations.