Today Ford Motor Company announced that it is hiring 300 new workers for its Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the 2015 Lincoln MKC. In addition, Ford is making a $129 million investment to the plant that also helps support more than 110 suppliers across the United States − 17 from Kentucky alone.
Production of the MKC began in May 2014, the second of four all-new Lincoln vehicles being introduced by 2016. It also will be sold in China alongside the MKZ sedan when the Lincoln brand debuts there towards the end of 2014.
“Lincoln MKC is an important part of Lincoln as it attracts a new luxury customer,” says plant manager Daryl Sykes. “To have the opportunity to build an all-new vehicle – the first small utility ever from Lincoln – is very exciting for the hardworking men and women at Louisville Assembly Plant.”
Ford invested $600 million in the Louisville Assembly Plant in 2010 with tooling and facility upgrades to make it more flexible, transforming it into a plant that can handle the production of multiple vehicle models at the same time without requiring downtime for tooling changeover.
“The UAW and Ford remain steadfast in our commitment to Louisville with the addition of Lincoln MKC to Louisville Assembly Plant’s production line,” adds UAW vice president for the National Ford Department, Jimmy Settles. “The 300 new jobs add to the plant’s 4,600 UAW team members – a fantastic feat enabled through the collective bargaining between the UAW and Ford to support U.S. manufacturing.”
With the announcement of 300 employees, Ford is more than 75 percent of the way toward its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States by 2015.