Ford is making serious preparations for its upcoming 2017 Super Duty pickup. The automaker has announced its Louisville, Kentucky Truck Plant – home of the Super Duty pickup – will receive $1.3 billion in retrofits while simultaneously creating some 2,000 new jobs.

The sizeable investment will bring a new body shop, assembly line tooling, and general facility upgrades to the plant in preparation for the all-new, aluminum-bodied trucks. The Kentucky Truck Plant is responsible for the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550, along with the Super Duty chassis cabs, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator.

“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department.

Ford is quick to point out its past investments into the Truck Plant and the surrounding Louisville area. In 2014, Ford poured some $80 million into the Truck Plant for upgrades in order to meet an influx of demand. Across town at the Louisville Lincoln plant, Ford invested $129 million to support production of the Lincoln MKC. All told, more than $1.5 billion have been invested in the local area since 2013.

The upcoming 2017 Super Duty is slated to arrive at dealerships by late 2016 and will come equipped with a familiar set of powertrain options, while using an all-aluminum body and interior finishing very similar to those in the current F-150.

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Why it Matters

To say Ford has a lot riding on the success of the Super Duty platform is a gross understatement. The F-Series, which includes the F-150 through F-550, brings in a bulk of the automaker’s profits. The new 2015 F-150 has seen a slow but growing start and Ford is hoping the momentum only grows stronger with the new Super Duty.

Many in the industry had serious concerns about the F-150’s aluminum body. Cost, repairability, and durability were at the top of the list. Now with those concerns mostly quieted thanks to a year’s worth of selling, the Super Duty should find far less friction with its entrance into the marketplace.

2017 Ford Super Duty

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Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 1, 2015 – Ford Motor Company, America’s truck leader, will create 2,000 new jobs and invest $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck – the toughest, smartest, most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at Kentucky Truck Plant. Add to that the $80 million invested in 2014 to meet growing customer demand for Super Duty trucks and $129 million to support Lincoln MKC production at Louisville Assembly Plant, and Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville in the past two years.

“With the introduction of the all-new Ford Super Duty, America’s best-selling heavy-duty pickup, we expect to continue growing our truck leadership,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Through this investment, we are continuing to show our commitment to Kentucky and the city of Louisville, as well as bringing to customers industry-leading trucks to help them take care of business and earn a living.”

Kentucky Truck Plant
Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. The plant has produced more than 5 million Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999.

“Adding new jobs and more investment at Kentucky Truck Plant not only secures a solid foundation for our UAW members, but also strengthens the communities in which they live, work and play,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “Such success highlights our members’ hard work and dedication to building world-class, quality vehicles like the Super Duty.”

Ford began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees. Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, covers 6 million square feet and employs close to 4,400 people.

“This tremendous investment and commitment to new job creation reconfirms the strength of a more than century-long relationship between Kentucky and Ford Motor Company,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “We wholeheartedly appreciate Ford’s continued confidence in the commonwealth’s work force and pro-business environment, and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the future.”

Ford 2017 F-Series Super Duty
The all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup and chassis cab lineup is the toughest, smartest and most capable ever.

Toughest: The all-new, high-strength steel frame; segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body; and stronger axles, springs and suspension create the only Built Ford Tough heavy-duty truck lineup that works as hard as Super Duty customers

Smartest: Sixteen class-exclusive new features and up to seven cameras make Super Duty the ultimate tow vehicle; adaptive steering technology makes maneuvering easier

Most capable: Ford-engineered, Ford-built gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions power the all-new Super Duty lineup that tows and hauls more than ever

Super Duty underpins Ford’s commitment to continuously provide advanced powertrains and innovative technologies that answer customer demands. Ford Trucks offer power, toughness and durability, making Ford the top-selling truck brand.

There are five models in the Super Duty lineup: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The all-new Super Duty will be built at Kentucky Truck Plant and goes on sale late next year.

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