DEARBORN, Mich.—Growing demand for its aluminum-clad F-150 pickup truck means Ford Motor Co. will add 1,550 jobs at three plants in the United States.
“Thanks to stronger than expected customer demand, we’re adding 1,550 new workers to support additional F-150 production,” Ford president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said in a statement.
“We sell every truck we can build, and we plan to build more.”
Ford said 900 of the 1,550 new positions will be added at its Kansas City plant home to assembly of the F-150, while 500 will be added at its Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified plants in Dearborn, Mich., and the remaining 150 will do to its axle making plant in Sterling Heights, Mich.
The new hires across Ford’s operations played a role in the move to transition as many as 500 hourly workers in the U.S. to a higher wage bracket.
Workers, the majority of which work at Kansas City, Chicago and Louisville assembly facilities, will move from an entry-level wage of US$19.28 per hour to a top-tier wage of US$28.50 per hour over the next two months.
The move was announced after Ford surpassed a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.