Ford Confirms Increased Investment in Kansas City Plant For Transit Commercial Van Production, New Stamping Facility
- Ford will migrate its commercial vans around the world to a
common, global platform in 2013, when Kansas City Assembly workers
begin producing the full-size Transit for North American customers
company will invest $1.1 billion in the Kansas City facility - $700
million more than was previously committed - following the recent
ratification of the competitive new UAW-Ford Collective Bargaining
Agreement and tax incentives provided by the state of Missouri and city
of Liberty, Mo.
- The Kansas City investment covers facility
upgrades and re-tooling for production of both Transit and
next-generation F-150. Part of the incremental investment will be
allocated for building a new integrated stamping facility to support
full-size Transit body panels and other stamped parts
upgrades begin after the current Escape ends production in April. In
May, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at the Kansas City
facility, increasing its shifts of its best-selling full-size truck from
one to two
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 21, 2011 -
Ford Motor Company today confirmed Kansas City Assembly Plant workers
will build its full-size Transit van - Europe's best-selling commercial
vehicle - when the new product joins its North American lineup in 2013.
is another example of the company's One Ford strategy to serve
customers with world-class vehicles and leverage global assets,
including common platforms, and brings new jobs to greater Kansas City.
company is investing $1.1 billion - $700 million more than was
previously announced - in a new body shop, new tooling in the Final
Assembly Area, an upgraded paint shop and an all-new integrated stamping
plant, which will be located on an adjacent property in Liberty, Mo. A
portion of the investment also will be used in the future to support
next-generation F-150 pickup production at the plant.
plans for transforming Kansas City Assembly and constructing a new
integrated stamping plant to support Transit production demonstrate just
how committed Ford is to our employees, the city of Liberty and the
broader Claycomo community," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The
Americas. "More importantly, this shows that Ford is truly committed to
investing in the U.S. and doing our part to support U.S. manufacturing,
which is critical to our country's ability to compete."
is investing $16 billion in its U.S. operations - including $6.2
billion in U.S. plants - to design, engineer and produce more new and
upgraded vehicles and components by 2015.
The company also is adding 12,000 hourly jobs at its U.S. manufacturing facilities - including 1,600 in Kansas City.
current SUV line at the Kansas City facility, which will be idled for
re-tooling after the current Escape model is phased out in April, will
re-open in 2013. During re-tooling, the plant will continue to build
The company also plans to
increase F-150 production at the facility, which will build the trucks
on two shifts instead of one beginning in May. This will bring
approximately 800 additional employees to the Kansas City Assembly truck
line, for a total of approximately 1,700 workers.
this increase takes effect, Ford will build the nation's best-selling
vehicle on five shifts - two in Kansas City and three in Dearborn -
allowing the company to better meet increasing customer demand.
America's best-selling truck for 34 straight years, is experiencing a
year-to-date total sales increase of 8 percent. The F-150 equipped with a
V6 engine remains extremely popular. The fuel-efficient EcoBoost V6
accounted for 42 percent of F-150 sales in September, while the
3.7-liter comprised 15 percent. This is the fifth consecutive month that
V6s have outsold V8s in the F-Series.
'Built Ford Tough' F-150 just keeps getting better and better, and this
capacity increase at Kansas City will help us satisfy customers who
don't want to wait to own one," Fields said. "Our new F-150 engine
choices include the innovative EcoBoost with best-in-class power,
performance, capability and fuel economy our truck customers truly want
Kansas City Assembly Plant is
Ford's fourth North American facility to be re-tooled to produce new
vehicles that are part of the company's balanced product portfolio of
cars, utilities, trucks and commercial vehicles. The company's
commitment to install a new product line requiring this level of
investment was enabled, in part, by the recent ratification of the new
UAW-Ford Collective Bargaining Agreement.
men and women of Kansas City Assembly Plant have a proven track record
of building a high-quality product that customers love," said Jimmy
Settles, UAW vice president and director of the National Ford
Department. "They are a strong and dedicated workforce, and I know they
are up to the challenge of building this exciting all-new product for
North American customers."
In recent months,
Ford also worked closely with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri
State Legislature in passage of the 2010 Missouri Manufacturing Jobs
Act. This legislation provided tax incentives, which also contributed to
Ford's ability to commit to the Kansas City Assembly Plant through new
product, new investment and new jobs.
"Americans and Missourians have been building automobiles for generations. It's who we are.
in our blood," Gov. Nixon said. "From major plants like Claycomo, to
small suppliers located in every corner of our state, American auto
workers keep our country moving forward. It was vital that we keep these
folks living and working right here in our communities."
current commercial van, the Ford E-Series, is built at the company's
Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Certain E-Series body styles
will continue to be available through most of the decade, even after the
Kansas City-built Transit goes on sale.
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