US: Ford adds 850 jobs at Rouge truck plant
Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas, announces the new jobs in Detroit
Ford has announced 850 new jobs at its historic Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities.
The new jobs will support production of the redesigned 2015 F-150 launching in a matter of weeks.
The Dearborn truck plant recently underwent the largest manufacturing transformation in decades, replacing legacy manufacturing equipment with the latest production technology. This marked the first major renovation of the factory since it opened in 2004.
The Rouge factory tour is currently undergoing a complete renovation with new films, exhibits and hands-on experiences tied to the new vehicle.
The 850 new jobs are divided among three of the centre’s facilities – about 500 for truck assembly, 300 for stamping and 50 for diversified – bringing total combined hourly employment close to 5,000 workers. These jobs are in addition to the more than 3,000 hourly jobs Ford has added across its US manufacturing facilities this year.
Since the 2011 UAW-Ford contract negotiations, Ford has added jobs across its other US manufacturing plants for a new job creation tally of more than 14,000 which exceeds its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the US by 2015.