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Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs at Kansas City Assembly to Support Surging F-150 Demand, Ford Transit Launch

Kansas City Assembly Plant

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2013 – Ford, the industry’s truck leader, will add more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet surging demand for the Ford F-150 and planned production of the all-new Ford Transit.

“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. “Our ‘Built Ford Tough’ F-150 is America’s favorite pickup, and we are going to expand operations in Kansas City to ensure we have enough trucks to meet customer demand.”

Ford is adding 900 jobs and a third crew in the third quarter to build F-150. U.S. sales of Ford’s F-Series trucks increased 24 percent in April and 19 percent year to date. Ford also is adding another 1,100 jobs starting in the fourth quarter to prepare for the introduction of the all-new Ford Transit full-size van in 2014.

“For customers who want a modern van that is as tough and smart as the F-Series, the all-new Ford Transit van delivers, with better fuel economy, more capability and the greatest number of technology choices and innovative configurations full-size van buyers have ever seen,” Hinrichs said.

Kansas City Assembly

Kansas City Assembly Plant produces the Ford F-150 Regular, Super and Crew Cab and will produce the Ford Transit. The plant currently has 2,450 hourly workers working on two shifts and will add a third crew in the third quarter.

Ford is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility for production of both the F-150 and Transit, including a 437,000 sq.-ft. stamping facility and a 78,000 sq.-ft. paint shop.

The new stamping facility was completed in 2012. The paint shop expansion will include installation of the three-wet paint process, which is more environmentally friendly and requires less time than conventional paint processes – without compromising Ford’s paint quality or durability.

“Today we celebrate the commitment to excellence displayed every day by the men and women of Kansas City Assembly Plant," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director of the National Ford Department. “These additional jobs are the direct result of the dedicated effort our UAW members display at facilities all across the country and serve as another reminder of the resilience of American workers and our nation's manufacturing sector.”

With the investment and new jobs in Kansas City, Ford is three-quarters of the way to its plan to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. The company also is investing $16 billion in its U.S. product development and manufacturing operations – including $6.2 billion in plant-specific investments. These actions, including today's announcements, are consistent with Ford’s previous 2013 financial guidance for the Total Company and North America.

Community Impact

The plant expansion has a major impact in the local community and beyond. Kansas City Assembly has more than 250 suppliers nationally and more than 10 suppliers locally who will positively benefit from the addition of a third crew. Additionally, when Transit production starts next year, close to 275 suppliers nationally and six suppliers locally will grow their business. According to the job multiplier effect of nine jobs to every one – more than 18,000 jobs will be created to support the plant.

“Today’s announcement is yet another testament to our successful efforts to revitalize Missouri’s automotive manufacturing industry, which continues to gain steam,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said. “This third crew for production of the F-150 will create hundreds of additional manufacturing jobs for workers in this region and ensure Missouri continues to lead the rebirth of the American auto industry for years to come.”

Ford F-150

The “Built Ford Tough” F-150 delivers the segment’s best combination of power, capability, safety and fuel economy.

F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 65th year, F-Series has been the best-selling truck in America for 36 consecutive years, the best-selling vehicle in America for 31 consecutive years and the brand with the most trucks on the road with more than 250,000 miles, as certified by Polk.

The Kansas City-built F-150 is the first choice for tradespeople who need the most durable, advanced in the market truck. For example, F-150 leads in a variety of fields, including:

  •  62 percent market share in road and highway maintenance
  • 68 percent share in hazardous materials work
  • 67 percent share in the oil pipeline industry

F-150 also boasts leading safety ratings. F-150’s fully boxed frame, made from high-strength hydroformed steel, provides a backbone built for increased durability and safety. F-150 has earned top safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Overall, F-150 offers customers the broadest lineup in the segment, with 10 models that include work-ready XL, sporty and capable FX, well-balanced XLT, refined and luxurious Limited and the no-compromise off-road SVT Raptor.

The Ford F-150 also features an unrivaled four engine choices, including the advanced 3.5-liter EcoBoost, to help customers find the most fuel-efficient and capable engine to meet their needs. Ford’s patented EcoBoost engine delivers an unmatched combination of best-in-class towing and payload, torque and fuel economy. More than 300,000 EcoBoost engines have been sold for F-150 and it is now Ford’s best-selling truck engine.

Ford Transit

The familiar van that delivers packages or shuttles airport passengers is about to change in a revolutionary way. The all-new Ford Transit will provide tradespeople and businesses with unmatched fuel economy, innovative new configurations and leading versatility in the expanding commercial vehicle market.

Transit is born from nearly a century of hard-earned experience delivering two distinct full-size vans to customers in America, Europe and other global markets. For the U.S., Transit eventually replaces E-Series, first sold in 1961 as Ford Econoline and America’s best-selling commercial van for 34 years. Transit was first sold in 1965. It’s the best-selling commercial van in Europe.

Customers will have more choices than ever from a Ford van. Transit will be offered in three body lengths; two wheelbases; three roof heights. Cargo volume ranges from about 250 to almost 500 cubic feet – more than twice the volume of today’s standard E-Series, saving the customer fuel costs and the time and hassle of a second trip.

Designed and developed to provide efficient service over the long haul, Ford Transit will be at least 25 percent more fuel efficient than today’s E-Series, helping save Transit owners thousands of dollars in fuel costs during its service life.

Transit has been tested to the “Built Ford Tough” truck standards at Ford’s proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North America.


UAW-Ford Honors Workers’ Memorial Day on April 26


The UAW and Ford Motor Company will honor Workers' Memorial Day on Friday, April 26, 2013.

During the 2011 Negotiations, the UAW and Ford Motor Company agreed to an addition to Appendix S that asks plants to pause for a moment of silence on each operating shift in remembrance of our fallen workers.

It's important that on this day set aside for the remembrance of our fellow workers that we all reflect on our personal commitment to strong health and safety standards. Our vigilance will ensure we can all go home safely every day to our families and friends.

This year's theme is "Safe Jobs Save Lives - Make Your Voice Heard." It highlights the importance of having the courage to speak up and be our brothers and sisters keepers. We have jointly developed a Worker Memorial Day video to support this important commemoration which will air on the plant communication network and is also available to view below.


UAW-Ford Sponsors Michigan EMS Expo

photo 1On April 11-14, 2013, the UAW-Ford Health and Safety Program sponsored the Michigan EMS Expo at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI.

The Michigan EMS Expo is the largest training venue for emergency medical technicians in the state, offering a wide variety of continuing education credits for those who work in the emergency medical field.

Historically, many members of our Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) in Ford plants throughout Michigan have attended this Expo in order to receive training.

UAW-Ford Ergonomics Teams Win at 2013 Applied Ergonomics Conference

Members of UAW-Ford Local Ergonomic Committees (LEC) recently attended the 2013 Applied Ergonomics Conference in Dallas, Texas with a focus on improved competency and continuous learning.  In addition to attending sessions addressing the latest issues in the world of ergonomics, the UAW-Ford National Joint Committee on Health & Safety also sponsored two teams to participate in the world-renowned Ergo Cup® competition.

The Ergo Cup® competition provided an exciting opportunity for companies to highlight their successful ergonomic solutions.  Entries were evaluated based on how well they met the criteria of Innovation, Simplicity, Cost Savings, Ergonomic Risk and Presentation quality.

In addition to the Ergo Cup®, five Ergo Excellence awards were also awarded.  The Ergo Excellence awards were chosen by ballot from all conference attendees.  The criteria for these awards are the same as for the Ergo Cup®.

The Kentucky Truck Plant LEC won the Ergo Excellence award for Simplicity for their entry “Heavy Duty Truck Mirror Relief Stanchion.”

A design change increased the weight of the side mirrors over 300%, from 3.7 to 15.2 pounds. Operators had to hold the mirror with one hand while routing the wiring into the door before it was secured. This increase in weight was stressful to the operator.  In a short amount of time in production, several operators reported injuries.  Several options were trialed that would manage the weight increase of the mirror. The final solution was super simple, and dubbed the "Relief Stanchion" This Stanchion allows the operator to reduce the weight in hand by resting the mirror on a simple stand fixture. The Stanchion was developed, built and installed with in-house resources.


Members of the Kentucky Truck Plant team

Larry Goldsmith, Jeff Smith, Dave Farley, Kevin Powers, Rodney Janes, Jimmy Ford

The Cleveland Engine Plant #1 LEC won the Ergo Excellence award for Innovation for their entry “Multi Pattern Exhaust Manifold Stud Install Fixture”.

Cleveland Engine was presented with build complexity of hand starting 6 to 8 studs for 8 different Exhaust Manifold patterns across 4 stations within a 30 second cycle time over 10 hour shifts.  A “Lazy Susan” was developed to present the proper stud pattern fixture to the operator. The operator loads the studs into the correct fixture, the fixture is positioned to the manifold and all studs are secured at once. When the fixture is replaced, a flashing light indicates the correct fixture to load for the next engine.


Members of the Cleveland Engine Plant #1 team

Craig Heidinger, Roberto Torres, Rick Genther, Jerry Humphries, John Cosentino, Ed Eisbrenner

 The National Joint Committee on Health & Safety congratulates all of the high performing LECs for their outstanding contributions to the UAW-Ford Ergonomics process (Fitting Jobs to People)!

2012 Joint Quality Fall Conference

Around 250 participants converged upon Traverse City, Michigan in early October for the 2012 Fall Quality Conference.  The conference served as a way for UAW Quality Representatives, Quality Managers and Quality Operating System Coordinators (QOSCs) to come together, share their knowledge, learn new skills from expert instructors, work through issues, and then take that experience back to the plant floor.

For a long time, the Quality Office has been about increasing standardization and ensuring adherence to processes and procedures.   The training was centered on four key areas of focus:  (1) FPS/QOS Integration, (2) FPS Form 4 – Critical X’s, (3) Appreciative Inquiry and (4) CCC 6-Panel.  Participants were involved in team activities and discussions that were designed to encourage deeper and more specific assessments of customer concerns at the workstation.

This was also the  first Quality Conference for Dave Berry, the new UAW Co-Chair of the National Quality Committee. He commented that he could see the support for our base operators in stopping defects at the workstation and “the networking, between the plants to continue to drive what we have is great. We still have to strengthen our current assessments and tools… becoming even more focused on the details within the workstation  will drive our Quality performance.”

Overall, the 2012 Quality Conference was an excellence learning experience. From the classroom to the assembly line, we are showing what we can achieve when the UAW and Ford work together to improve quality and go further for our customers every day.

Check out the gallery below to see your quality personnel in action.