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Ford Adds 1550 Jobs to Support 2015 Ford F-150 Production

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/4/2015 Jason Udy
2015 Ford F 150 Production at Dearborn Truck Plant© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Ford F 150 Production at Dearborn Truck Plant

Ford is adding 1550 new jobs across four plants to support production and demand of the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. Additionally, the first group of about 300 to 500 employees hired under the UAW-Ford entry-level agreement will receive a wage increase to the “new traditional” wage status.

Beginning in the first quarter of this year, the new hires will start work at the automaker’s Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified, and Sterling Axle plants. Kansas City Assembly will gain 900 of the new jobs, while the two Dearborn plants will receive 500 workers and the remaining 150 jobs will go to Sterling Axle. The automaker added 5000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs in 2014.

“Thanks to stronger than expected customer demand, we’re adding 1550 new workers to support additional F-150 production,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas, in a release. “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.”

Employees hired under the UAW-Ford entry-level agreement will have their wages increased from $19.28 an hour to $28.50 an hour. The wage increase affects employees at plants in Kansas City, Chicago, and Louisville.

“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, in a release. “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 has hired more than 15,000 employees under the entry-level agreement – 3000 more than the original goal. The agreement has helped the automaker invest more the $6.2 billion into its U.S. production plants.

Source: Ford

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