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Ford Adds 300 Jobs to Support 2015 Lincoln MKC Production

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/26/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Ford will hire 300 new employees to support production of the 2015 Lincoln MKC at its assembly plant in Louisville, Ky.

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The automaker is investing $129 million to expand the plant's operations and add to the team of 4600 UAW members already at the plant. The money will also go toward supporting more than 110 suppliers in the U.S.

Ford has already laid the groundwork for building a variety of different vehicles at the same time in one plant. Back in 2010, Ford put $600 million into its Louisville plant to transform it into a more flexible facility with a final assembly area and body shop, easing the retooling changeover process. Now, Ford can easily shift the lineup of vehicles it produces based on changing customer preferences and economic conditions.

The 2015 Lincoln MKC went on sale in May, and through July, almost 2900 copies have been sold. The MKC is the brand's first-ever small premium crossover, a segment that Lincoln estimates will grow 300 percent through 2018. The vehicle features two four-cylinder EcoBoost engine options, including a 2.0-liter good for 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque and a 2.3-liter with 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft. Both engines come paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Lincoln is in the middle of a transformation as it struggles to compete with German rivals BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Currently, it ranks eighth among luxury car brands sold in the U.S. By 2016, Lincoln will have launched four new models, essentially revamping its entire lineup.

Source: Ford


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