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Ford Will Add 1,200 Jobs to Produce Fuel Efficient Vehicles

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On: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 10:08AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Ford Will Add 1,200 Jobs to Produce Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Ford has announced that the it will invest $850 million in order to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, which will add 1,200 jobs in Michigan by the year 2013. Ford’s decision is supported by $400 million in state incentives.

According to Mark Fields, Ford’s president of North America reported that the State of Michigan will contribute $400 million in tax incentives over a 15 year time span. The plan will create 900 hourly jobs and an additional 300 salaried positions in order to complete the engineering and manufacturing operations. Ford’s Van Dyke Transmission plant, Sterling Axle, Livonia Transmission, and Dearborn Truck Plant will all be involved in the expansion plan that will create new jobs.

“Without bringing a package of job-retention tax incentives to the table, this kind of investment would have been much more difficult,” Fields said.

The State is prepared to offer similar incentives to Chrysler Group and GM.

As Ford Motor Co. begins gaining market share for new fuel efficient models such as the Fiesta, the company has started to invest in expansion to add nearly 2,000 additional jobs by the year 2012. Much of the work that has been done in the past by suppliers will start being managed in-house by Ford.

According to Fields: “Promoting investments in technologies, facilities and our workforce ultimately will help revitalize manufacturing in Michigan and help Ford compete with the best in the business worldwide.”

One new project that Ford will take on will be to expand manufacturing capabilities for new, fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions.

“Fuel economy and technology are consumers' biggest priorities – and we have made them Ford's as well,” said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. “We are pleased to work with state and local government leaders to find new ways to work together, invest in our people as well as Ford facilities, further improve our competitiveness and secure jobs in Michigan.”

The state incentive that will support the new project will come from the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, (MEGA).

“We applaud the State of Michigan's leadership in finding innovative solutions aimed at making both the state and Ford more competitive,” Fields said. “Promoting investments in technologies, facilities and our workforce ultimately will help revitalize manufacturing in Michigan and help Ford compete with the best in the business world-wide.”

The new investment will add to Ford’s prior commitment of $950 million to redesign the Michigan Assembly Plant from a large SUV production factory to a new “state of the art” plant that will produce the new Focus fuel efficient vehicle as well as the electric Ford Focus.

“We've worked hard to keep Michigan the center of the automobile industry, and Ford's investment is further evidence that our efforts are succeeding,” said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ford as the American auto industry builds the green vehicles of the future.”


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