Ford invests $3.7 billion in factories in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri

Ford plans to spend $3.7 billion to expand or revamp manufacturing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri as it prepares to build more electric vehicles and maintain production of key electric-powered vehicles. internal combustion engines.

The plan, which also emphasizes maintaining good relations with the UAW, is to invest $2 billion in three Michigan assembly plants. It plans to increase production of the F-150 Lightning battery-electric pickup truck to 150,000 per year at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI; production of a new Ranger pickup at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI; and the upcoming Mustang coupe at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, MI.

The investment also includes $35 million to build a Ford customer service division. packaging facility in Monroe, MI to help expedite parts shipments for Ford customers. The facility is expected to create more than 600 jobs for UAW members and is expected to begin operating in 2024.

Overall, Ford and the UAW expect the investments to create 3,200 blue-collar jobs in Michigan, including some 2,000 at assembly plants in Dearborn, Flat Rock and Wayne.

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The Michigan Assembly Plant will build a new Ford Ranger pickup.

“Ford is America’s largest employer of hourly automotive workers, and this investment only furthers our commitment to building great new vehicles – from an all-new Mustang to new electric vehicles – right here in the United States. in partnership with the UAW,” says Bill Ford. Jr., executive chairman of Ford. “I’m proud that we’re investing in the Midwest and taking real action to provide better benefits and working conditions for our factory workers.”

Ford also plans to invest $1.5 billion and create 1,800 unionized jobs at the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, OH, to assemble a new battery-electric utility vehicle from the middle of the decade, along with 90 additional jobs and a $100 million investment between the Lima Engine and Sharonville Transmission plants, also in Ohio.

The company will invest an additional $95 million and add 1,100 union jobs for a third shift at its Kansas City, MO assembly plant to ramp up production of the Transit commercial van and new battery-electric van E-Transit. (inset, bottom left).

Ford-Kansas City Assembly Plant eTransit badge.jpgFord also plans to grant full-time status, with full benefits, to 3,000 temporary workers at the plant.

The investments are welcomed by the UAW, which has in the past criticized Ford for downplaying union concerns about the company’s plans, such as when it announced new BEV and battery plants in Tennessee in the fall. last.

“This announcement is a tribute to UAW members who bring their skills, experience and knowledge to the success of Ford Motor Company,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “We always advocate to employers and legislators that union jobs are worth the investment. Ford stepped in by adding those jobs and converting 3,000 UAW members to permanent full-time status with benefits,” he says.

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Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the new Ford Mustang coupe.

In recent years, Ford and the UAW have announced new vehicle awards, plant investments and workplace improvements during and after contract negotiations. The current Ford-UAW contract expires in 2023. But unlike in the past when job cuts were the norm, automakers and suppliers are finding it harder to recruit new employees.

“Transforming our business for the next era of American manufacturing requires new ways of working, and with UAW leadership, we are leading the way and moving quickly to improve the benefits of our hourly employees and the working conditions of our employees. factory teams,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO.

Ford also plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years to continuously improve the work experience for manufacturing employees. Following discussions with the UAW, the automaker is taking steps to identify and address key employee wants and needs.

Potential improvements, which will differ from plant to plant, include better access to healthy food, new BEV chargers in plant parking lots, better lighting in parking lots and more.

“The essential need for quality health care and full-time employment are longstanding principles that have been communicated to the company by the UAW International Union and our local UAW unions since our inception,” said Chuck Browning, vice president and director of the UAW-Ford Dept.

“I applaud the actions of Ford Motor Company to address these issues outside the realm of collective bargaining. These unprecedented steps taken by Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley are both a refreshing and innovative approach to labor relations that delivers great benefits when our hard workers need it most.ber,” says Browning.

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