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Ford to upgrade and add jobs to Kentucky plant

Feb. 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM   |   Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Ford Motor Co. said it will add 350 jobs and spend $80 million on upgrades to boost production at its Louisville, Ky., truck plant.

Ford expects to produce 55,000 more trucks at the plant this year, the Detroit News reported Saturday.

That boost, which will be made with the additional personnel and increased automation in the plant's paint and body shops, is a 15 percent jump over 2013 production.

The Ford F-Series trucks' popularity accelerated at the end of 2013, as monthly sales of more than 60,000 trucks increased to more than 70,000 in December, the company said.

"Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America's best-selling truck for 37 years running," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a statement.

"For more than a century, Ford has created quality vehicles and quality jobs in the commonwealth of Kentucky. I'm looking forward to seeing even more Kentucky-made Ford F-Series pickups on the roads, and more Kentuckians back to work as a result of this investment," said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Louisville plant, with a workforce already 4,000 strong, builds Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles as well as F-250, F-350 and F-550 Super Duty trucks, the News said.

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