Ford plans to add 6,200 jobs in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri
DETROIT Ford will create 6 factory positions in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio as it prepares for the production of more electric vehicles and the rollout of two new combustion-engine models.
The company estimates that it will invest $3.7B in the three states between now & 2026. It will also convert approximately 3 ,000 temporary workers into full-time status with raises and benefits.
A factory near Cleveland in Ohio will be expanded to allow it to build an unidentified electric commercial vehicle. It will also create 1 ,800 jobs. In Lima and Sharonville, Ohio, ninety additional jobs will be created.
A Claycomo, Missouri plant that produces big electric and combustion-engine Transit vans, will have a third shift with 1 ,100 workers to meet increased demand.
Ford Motor Co. in Michigan plans to create 2 ,000 new jobs at three assembly plants and 1 ,200 job at other facilities. A factory in Detroit that currently builds the Ranger small pickup truck will be redeveloped and added jobs to create a new Ranger. Flat Rock, south of Detroit, will produce a new Mustang muscle car. Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center, Dearborn, will also see investment and new jobs to build more F -150 lightning electric pickups to meet unexpectedly high demands. The company will also create 600 jobs in a new parts packaging plant in Monroe, Michigan. Another 600 will be created at several state component plants.
This is part of Ford’s plan 2026. to produce 2 million electric cars per year worldwide.
Kumar Galhotra is the president of Ford Blue, which is the company’s division that produces internal combustion vehicles. He said that EV investments are necessary because Ford underestimated the demand for them.
As soon Ford opened reservations for its electric F -150,, it began planning to expand Dearborn’s plant that makes them. Galhotra stated that the reservations were much higher than the production capacity. “This is the first time in my career that we were expanding the plant before the plant was built.”
Ford stopped taking reservations for the F-150 Lightning at 200,000, and it’s now converting reservations to orders. About two-thirds of those contacted sofar are converting, although the company did not have an exact figure. Galhotra stated that the Mach-E vans and E-Transit vans have been sold out for the year.
Ford would not give details about the commercial EV that will be built at Ohio Assembly Plant by the middle of the decade. The factory has been close to closure for most of its existence, but it has survived even when making older vehicles. I believe this huge investment, both in dollars and jobs, and what product we’re putting there shows that the Ohio Assembly plant has a very bright future,” Galhotra stated.
Ohio offers about $200million in incentives for the Ford investment. Michigan contributes about $150million. There will be a modest capital investment to add the third Missouri shift, but there are no incentives.
Ford stated that it has already begun to switch the temporary workers to full time and is now looking to hire new workers for its plants.
The announcement was made one year before the United Auto Workers union begins contract negotiations. Negotiations usually include job announcements and new product announcements.
Ford pledged to invest $1 billion over five years to improve its factories’ work environment. The UAW is currently working with Ford to identify the company’s needs. This could include better lighting in parking lots and safer food in factories.
The decision by Ford to build three new battery plants in Kentucky and Tennessee last fiscal year raised questions about Ford’s commitment to manufacturing in its home state and region.
Michigan politicians worked hard in January to attract General Motors EV assembly plants and battery plants after the Ford plants were moved to the south.
UAW officials applauded Thursday’s Ford announcements, in a company statement. President Ray Curry stated that Ford had “stepped up to the plate” by adding these jobs. It is likely that Ford will build a fourth North American factory in the Great Lakes region of North America in a joint venture partnership with SK Innovation of Korea. However, Galhotra stated that he has not yet made an announcement.
At the rate Ford is moving with electric vehicle production, more production will become necessary, Galhotra stated, pointing out the Michigan site where the electric F -150 has been built and the commercial EV that will be built in Ohio. He said, “We’ll have other announcements to come.”
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