Ford Motor Co. will add 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to support expanded output of the Ford Transit van. This means that Ford would more than fulfill a promise made to United Auto Workers union in 2011 to create 12,000 new hourly jobs in the United States by 2015 and it has already created 14,000 hourly jobs over the period.
The plant will have over 6,000 workers once all the new jobs are filled in, according to a Ford spokeswoman. The commitment to creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the US by 2015 was part of the 2011 UAW-Ford contract negotiations.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, remarked in a statement that the addition of a second shift at the site -- which also builds the Ford F-150 Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew pickups – will both add more jobs and cater to growing demand for Transits throughout North America.
Ford has already created new jobs in eight other locations, with the Louisville Assembly gaining 3,600 new workers.
Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president for its Ford department, said in a statement, that the addition of 1,200 new jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant was made possible thanks to the collective bargaining process and the partnership between UAW and the carmaker.
Ford started selling the Transit – replacing the E-Series van – in the United States in June and has sold 1,099 vans in August and so far 2,085 units. [source: Ford]