Ford to add 2,000 jobs at Kansas City plant to produce Transit Van and meet “surging” F-150 demand

Updated May 6, 2013
Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant / Credit: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant / Credit: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.

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.

“Customer demand for today’s F-150 is strong and continues growing, the truck segment is growing three times faster than the overall industry, the housing market is strengthening, and we are seeing growth in the U.S. economy,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas, in a prepared statement.
In total, the company is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility for production of the F-150 and Transit, including a 437,000 sq.-ft. stamping facility and a 78,000 sq.-ft. paint shop.