Ford Adds 3,000 Jobs to Southeast Michigan Plants

Ford recently announced their plans to invest $1.45 billion and add 3,000 jobs to two of their southeast Michigan manufacturing facilities. Ford aims for this move to strengthen the company’s leadership in trucks and SUVs and support its expansion in electric and autonomous vehicles. 

“At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today – including trucks and SUVs – while at the same time expanding our leadership into electric and autonomous vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president, Automotive. “As America’s No. 1 producer of automobiles, we are proud of our commitment to invest in manufacturing here in Michigan.”

Ford’s Wayne, Michigan manufacturing facility will receive $750 million in investments towards new equipment over the next three years as well as 2,700 jobs. This facility is expected to produce the all-new Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger. Wayne, Michigan also includes Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle, Bronco and Ranger modification Center, and will complete Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021. This modification center will also install the vehicles’ self-driving technology. 

Ford’s Dearborn manufacturing site will also see an added 300 jobs and about $700 million investment. This manufacturing site will produce Ford’s electric vehicles including the all-electric F-150 and F-150 hybrid.

Ford’s investments are supported by their strong partnership with the UAW, as well as with federal, state, and local governments. The 2019 UAW-Ford contract allowed Ford to invest $6 billion in its U.S. factories, creating 8,500 jobs. Ford proudly became America’s number one producer of vehicles.

"The UAW is proud of Ford’s commitment to manufacturing in the United States and in Michigan,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “This is a direct result of the 2019 collective bargaining process, providing additional jobs – and job security – for UAW members in Southeast Michigan.”

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