Mass production of the 2013 Ford Escape will commence on April 6, 2012 at Ford’s Louisville Assembly facilities. The plant is planned to run two shifts making the compact crossover and is currently churning out pre-production units.
Whereas production of the first- and second-generation Escape took place at Claycomo, Missouri, the all-new Escape is manufactured at Louisville Assembly in Kentucky. The storied plant first opened in 1955 and was responsible for making legendary nameplates throughout its lifetime such as the Ford Ranger, Bronco II, and Explorer.
As of the end of last week, the plants employed approximately 2,100 workers, all of whom are UAW veterans. The new Escape has created 1,800 new jobs at the plant since production of the all-new Ford Explorer moved to Chicago Assembly in the beginning of 2011 and the last-generation Explorer — along with its cousin, the Mercury Mountaineer — were discontinued. At that point, the plant underwent a year-long conversion. UAW Local 862 chairman Steven Stone said that more workers will arrive as pre-production continues.
Last year, the Escape was the best-selling compact SUV in the United States — a trend Motrolix doesn’t see changing anytime soon, especially with the significant improvements and benefits of the all-new model.