By 2012, Ford Motor Co. will hire 635 workers in its plants to perform work now done by supplier employees in and outside the US. In a statement, Ford said that it is working with the UAW to make its plants more competitive. Under the 2007 agreement between UAW and Ford, 1,340 jobs have already been added to Ford plants.
In addition, Ford said that it will surpass its pledge to in-source jobs at its plants under the deal. The agreement had called for 1,559 in-sourced jobs. Ford said it will add 1,975 jobs through 2012.
Included in this list of where jobs will be in-sourced are:(1) Chicago Stamping plant, to produce parts of the Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer; (2) Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., for assembly of battery packs for next-generation hybrid vehicles.
The work is now performed by a supplier in Mexico;(3) Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., for moon roof sub assembly and other work.
Mark Fields, Ford's president for the Americas, announced this news at the CAR Management Briefings Seminar in Traverse City, Mich.
He said that the company will "absolutely" consider adding more than the 635 positions that were announced. Fields added that the most competitive partner will win the business.