Ford has announced that it is adding more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in order to produce the new Transit work van and to keep up with the demand for its F-150 pickup.
The Kansas City plant currently employs 2,450 workers working two shifts and a third crew will be added with the new hires in the third quarter of this year.
The new Transit, which boasts better fuel economy, will account for the majority of the added jobs. Ford will bring on 1,100 new workers in the fourth quarter of the year in order to introduce the work van in 2014.
The remaining 900 new jobs will go to the F-150’s assembly line. Ford is reporting “surging” demand for the pickup with sales that increased 24 percent in April and 19 percent over the past year.