Ford Adds 1,550 Jobs to Support Demand for All-New F-150 as Sales Rise
The wheels of automotive manufacturing might are spinning faster at Ford’s Kansas City and Dearborn assembly plants. Ford has announced it will add 1,550 new manufacturing jobs in the coming weeks as initial sales of the all-new 2015 F-150 and other F-Series trucks post their biggest January numbers in 11 years.
Totaling 54,370 F-Series trucks sold in January, reports show 18 percent of that was the new F-150, or 9,787 units. That’s not bad considering “F-Series trucks” includes the Super Duty; the automaker is still selling the previous generation F-150; and the both factories are not at full production. In fact, the Kansas City plant is still in the midst of overhauling its assembly line for the new truck.
In order to meet demand, those 1,550 new jobs will be spread between Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified, and the Sterling Axle facilities. Once everything reaches full capacity, Ford will be able to produce more than 700,000 F-150s annually. That capacity is critical as Ford has a history of exceeding 900,000 units sold in a calendar year.
What’s more, Ford has announced some 300 to 500 manufacturing workers will receive a pay raise from the base $19.28 hourly rate to a $28.50 hourly rate. This comes as Ford reaches its maximum allotted number of entry-level workers specified in the 2011 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement.
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Why It Matters
The 2015 F-150 is a game-changer for Ford in many ways, not the least of which is its new aluminum skin. The lightweight material necessitates new processes in manufacturing, meaning much of Ford’s plants needed drastic updates. As the Dearborn assembly plant works to keep up, the added jobs will help smooth production woes. Once Ford’s Kansas City plant comes online, F-150 production will skyrocket. It’s also welcomed news that several hundred Ford employees will receive a rather nice pay raise.
The 2015 Ford F-150 is the latest and greatest pickup from the Blue Oval. Headlining the truck’s features is its all-aluminum bodywork and its strengthened steel frame. Also new for 2015 is the truck’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine.
The new turbocharged V-6 produces V-8 levels of performance at 325 horsepower and 375 pound-feet of toque while offering V-6 levels of fuel economy. Ford still offers the base 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-6, the 5.0-liter V-8, and the range-topping 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.
Prices for the 2015 F-150 start at $26,615 and rises well north of the $50,000 mark for higher end trim levels.