Ford will idle 1,222 workers at its Kansas City plant to retool it for Transit commercial van

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 3, 2012

Starting on April 27, Ford Motor Co. will implement temporary layoffs, affecting 1,222 of the 3,300 workers at its factory in Kansas City, Mo., according to a Missouri Journal report. Ford is doing this while a production line is being retooled to make the full-sized Ford Transit commercial van. This plant makes the Ford Escape crossover and F-150 pickup.

While this renovation is ongoing, production of the F-150 will continue. Ford will start production of the Transit van sometime in the middle of 2013. The production line of the Escape at Kansas City will be terminated on April 27 and will be transferred to Louisville, Ky. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans told the Kansas City Business Journal that it’s because of preparations for the new Transit that there had to some layoffs.

He said that several Escape production workers would take care of the plant renovation while the rest would be responsible for the production of the F-150. Evans declined to say when these workers would return. Ford intends to invest $1.1 billion at this facility where the Transit will be rolled out beside the F-150. The Transit is being assembled and is available outside of North America. The Business Journal said that Ford will be adding 1,600 local jobs because of this move.

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