In 2011, Ford made an agreement with the United Auto Workers to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. Currently, the company from Dearborn has fulfilled more than 75 percent of its goal.
“There is a high probability we will surpass that number,” Ford president of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, said Wednesday.
The Detroit Free Press reports that extra workers have been added in Ford’s Flat Rock and Wayne (Michigan), Louisville, and Lima (Ohio) facilities. Later this year an additional 300 jobs will be added to Ford’s Cleveland engine plant, making the total of 2014 hires around 5,000.
Hinrichs said hiring beyond that is dependent on sales. Ford has 16 launches in North America for 2014, which is three times as many from last year. Twenty-three new models are being launched globally. However, quality is at the top of the agenda these days at Ford, as the company has taken a $500-million hit against its first-quarter earnings due to warranty, recall, and service costs for Ford products dating back to the 2001 model year. Proof that Ford is taking quality seriously is by increasing the tie between quality and company bonuses.