Lower gas prices and a turn-around in the housing market rekindled America’s love for the pickup, resulting in 2,000 new jobs at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.
The near doubling of the plant’s staffing is in response to surging demand for the Ford F-150 and the 2014 production start of the new Ford Transit. Suppliers are expected to grow their business accordingly. “According to the job multiplier effect of nine jobs to every one – more than 18,000 jobs will be created to support the plant,” Ford says in a statement.
Ford is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility for production of both the F-150 and Transit, including a 437,000 sq.-ft. stamping facility and a 78,000 sq.-ft. paint shop.
Ford says the expansion brings it “three-quarters of the way to its plan to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015.” That target was set in a deal Ford had cut with the UAW in 2011.
According to Reuters, “about 1,000 of the workers will be hired at the entry-level wage. Entry-level workers start at $15.78 an hour or nearly half the pay of traditional unskilled blue-collar Ford workers.