Ford says that its workforce in the U.S. increased by 5,200 workers this year

Article by Anita Panait, on November 11, 2012

Ford Motor Co. disclosed that its workforce at its plants in the United States increased by 5,200 workers this year while its factories in North American are operating at 114 percent of capacity. Jim Tetreault, Ford's vice president of North American manufacturing, said during an event at the carmaker’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. that the company’s manufacturing costs dropped this year, thanks to two factors: capacity utilization and entry-level workers.

Ford has forged a labor agreement with the UAW that allows the carmaker to pay new workers about $16 an hour, which is less than 60 percent of what older hands receive. Ford spokesman Todd Nissen said that the carmaker has added 4,800 entry-level workers to its payroll this year.

The rest of the new jobs were given to workers transferring other Ford plants or to those coming out of the "jobs bank" of employees who have no current job assignments. Tetreault said that Ford's jobs bank is currently empty. Tetreault remarked that Ford is operating its plants at their highest capacities in his more than 30-year career. Ford has added third shifts of workers at five of its assembly plants in North America.

Ford is set to add another shift of 1,200 workers at its Flat Rock plant in Michigan in 2012. Asked by reporters whether Ford has plans to add more workers and capacity if sales in the US grow, Tetreault only said: "Stay tuned." Tetreault was at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant to launch the production of the carmaker’s latest plug-in hybrid.

Topics: ford, united states

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

South Korean car company SsangYong recently revealed sketches of their upcoming SUV. We’re not always impressed by Korean car designs, but this one looks quite promising. Yup, it is the...
by - March 26, 2017
Twenty-eight years after the company was first launched by Toyota, which was initially targeted to the United States market only, Lexus has already made its way to over 70 countries....
by - March 26, 2017
Last year was probably Porsche’s best year ever in terms of sales. Their factory in Stuttgart delivered 237,778 cars in total, which represents a six percent increase compared to the...
by - March 26, 2017
Lamborghini has disclosed that it is looking into the possibility of releasing electric vehicles. With the Volkswagen Group revealing that it will be releasing electric vehicles within several years, there...
by - March 25, 2017
Daimler AG, through its Smart division, has disclosed that its two electric models, the Smart ForTwo and the Smart ForFour are now open for orders in Germany. Official market launch...
by - March 25, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries