DEARBORN — Ford Motor Co. Monday announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified plants.
The new jobs will support production of the 2015 F-150, which will launch in a few weeks.
As a part of the launch, Ford says the Dearborn Truck Plant has been
renovated with new production technology, the first major upgrade of the plant since it opened in 2004. In addition, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is currently undergoing a renovation with new films, exhibits and hands-on experiences tied to the new vehicle.
The 850 new jobs are divided among three of the center’s plants — more than 500 for Dearborn Truck, nearly 300 for Dearborn Stamping and more than 50 for Dearborn Diversified — bringing total combined hourly employment near 5,000 workers. These jobs are in addition to the more than 3,000 hourly jobs Ford has added across its United States manufacturing plants this year alone.
Since the 2011 UAW-Ford contract negotiations, Ford has added jobs across its other United States manufacturing plants, for a new job creation total of more than 14,000, which exceeds its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. More than 4,000 of these jobs were added in southeastern Michigan alone, including 1,800 at Michigan Assembly Plant, 1,700 at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, 250 at Rawsonville Plant, 240 at Van Dyke Transmission Plant and 150 at Livonia Transmission Plant.
The new F-150 makes use of aluminum to save up to 700 pounds of weight. That and new engine technology boosts towing capacity of the new trucks by up to 1,100 pounds — and it’s expected they will get 5 to 10 percent better fuel economy than the current
generation of Ford light trucks.
The new F-150 will be manufactured at Dearborn Truck Plant and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.