Ford is adding more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. The company said it is adding these jobs to meet F-150 demand, specifically adding 900 jobs and a third crew for that vehicle, and the other 1,100 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2013 to prepare to build the all-new Ford Transit. The Kansas City Assembly Plant currently builds the Ford F-150 Regular, Super, and Crew Cab models, according to Ford.
With regard to specific investments in the plant, Ford said it is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility to boost F-150 production and build the Transit. This expansion includes a 437,000 sq.-ft. stamping facility and a 78,000 sq.-ft. paint shop. The automaker said it finished the new stamping facility in 2012 and that the paint shop expansion will feature installation of the three-wet paint process, which requires less time than the conventional paint process.
When Transit production begins, Ford said around 275 suppliers across the U.S. and six local suppliers will be contributing to the project and increase business.