Ford Spends $1.3B on Super Duty Plant in Kentucky So You Don't Have To Wait Again

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Ford announced Tuesday that it would spend $1.3 billion to retool, update and build a new body shop for its Louisville, Kentucky plant, which produces its Super Duty truck and large SUVs.

The announced spending, which will create 2,000 jobs at the plant, is part of Ford’s new contract with the United Auto Workers — and part of the automaker’s last deal with the UAW, according to Automotive News.

The investment will create an all-new body shop for the aluminum-bodied truck scheduled to go on sale late next year. With an all-new shop, production of the outgoing truck can continue while the new shop gets online, which could help the automaker avoid another shortage when the redesigned truck hits dealers.

This year, Ford had smaller F-150 inventories than normal because its Dearborn, Michigan and Kansas City facilities were closed as the automaker retooled for the next generation, aluminum bodied, light-duty pickup. Ford said its inventories didn’t fully recover until late in the second quarter of 2015.

Ford said the $1.3 billion investment will add to its $80 million investment at the truck plant in 2014 and a $129 million investment at nearby Louisville Assembly, which produces the Lincoln MKC and Ford Escape.

“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president said in a statement. “Such success highlights our members’ hard work and dedication to building world-class, quality vehicles like the Super Duty.”

According to WDRB in Louisville, workers at the Kentucky Truck Plant two weeks ago rejected the latest deal with the automaker by 2-to-1.

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  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Dec 01, 2015

    Being in a state that heavily salts its roads during winter, I'm all for aluminum bodied PU trucks. I didn't realize Ford was also going that route with their new HD model. Good for them.

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    • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Dec 01, 2015

      @Big Al from Oz Definitely. Full-size pickups hit the "ceiling" in width back in the early '60s at 78-80", and I think they have maybe hit the limits in other dimensions too. Ford did a good job at holding on to the 1999 Super Duty cab for over 15 years, but GM and Ram have saved a lot of trouble not having to produce 2 seperate bodies for the 1/2-ton and HDs.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 01, 2015

    I don't see frame rust as a big issue in the part of British Columbia where I live. My 2010 F150 has been fine so far. I had an F250 for 15 years and no issues. I suspect once again we seen our Australian friend continuing on with his anti-Ford anti-aluminum commentary.

  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Ed That has to be a joke.