US: Ford adding 7,000 jobs

By just-auto.com editorial team | 10 January 2011

Ford said on Monday it would add 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs between this year and next in the United States.  

This year alone, Ford is adding nearly 4,000 hourly jobs at several of its US plants, including 1,800 at its Louisville assembly plant, which is preparing to launch the new Escape late in the year. Ford also will add 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing. Next year, Ford expects to add at least 2,500 more new manufacturing positions.

 “Ford is committed to American manufacturing, and we are on a path to add more than 7,000 American workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want.” 

Ford is recruiting salaried engineers specialising in batteries, system controls, software and energy storage to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and eight other cities including Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina; and San Jose, California.