Ford Adds 1,550 Jobs for F-150 Production Purposes
Ford has announced that it will be adding an additional 1,550 jobs to the quartet of its Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified, and Sterling Axle over the course of the next two months. This will allow Ford to increase production of the all-new 2015 F-150, which has been in high demand since it launched at the end of 2014.
“Thanks to stronger than expected customer demand, we’re adding 1,550 new workers to support additional F-150 production,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “These jobs are further proof that customers recognize the all-new F-150 as the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever. We sell every truck we can build, and we plan to build more.”
Kansas City Assembly will get 900 of the jobs for its truck manufacturing needs; 500 will be split between Dearborn Stamping and Diversified; and 150 jobs will be given to Sterling Axle. Given that the 1,550 new jobs push Ford to its entry-level allowance, this will also result in between 300 to 500 current employees across the four facilities transitioning from $19.28/hr entry-level gigs to higher wages of about $28.50/hr.
“This is very exciting news and these additional jobs will have an impact in communities all across our nation,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department. “This also represents a major milestone for employees hired under the entry level agreement, as many will now begin to convert to ‘new traditional’ wage status, as negotiated in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement.”
Ford F-Series sales were up 16.8% in January with 54,370 trucks delivered to customers in the United States.