Ford Motor Co. will be employing an additional 2,000 workers at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the increased demand for F-150 pickups and for the production of new Transit commercial van. Ford will first hire 900 workers and will add a third work crew in the third quarter of 2013 to build F-150s. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2013, Ford will hire an additional 1,100 workers to prepare for the production of the Ford Transit commercial van, which will commence in 2014.
Ford had already announced the production of the Transit in Kansas City, Mo. Ford is increasing the production of the F-150 production after sales exceeded the carmaker’s expectations. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, told Automotive News in a phone interview that in comparing sales in the truck segment in the fourth quarter of 2012 and first quarter of 2013, it was determined that the growth was three times that of the industry.
Through March 2013, Ford built 231,607 F-series pickups, including the Super Duty version, in the U.S. at three assembly sites: Dearborn, Mich.; Kansas City; and Kentucky Truck in Louisville, Ky. The production figure is around 18-percent higher than in the same quarter in 2012, according to the Automotive News Data Center. In 2012, Ford saw its F-series production in the US jump 16% to 834,666 units.
Another Ford site in Escobedo, Mexico, builds low volumes of the F-650 and other large pickups. The Kansas City site currently builds the F-150 Super Cab, Super Crew Cab and Super King Cab. Its F-series production in the first quarter of 2013 surged 89% to 69,062. Ford’s Kentucky site produced 68,597 Super Duty trucks while Dearborn built 93,948 F series units.