<p><em>Photo: Ford Motor Co.</em></p>

Ford Motor Company said it is creating 2,000 new jobs and investing $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

Ford's investment is for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades, and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at KTP.

The automaker invested $80 million in 2014 to meet growing customer demand for Super Duty trucks and $129 million to support Lincoln MKC production at Louisville Assembly Plant. In total, Ford said it has invested more than $1.5 billion in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the City of Louisville in the past two years.

KTP produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. The plant has produced more than 5 million Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999, according to the automaker.

Ford began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees. Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, covers 6 million square feet and employs close to 4,400 people.