Twelve days. That’s how long the average 2015 Ford F-150 remains on any given dealership lot. And if you thought that the positive press received by competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado would have put a damper on sales, you would be wrong; January sales of the 2015 Ford F-150 were their best since 2004.
All that demand has caused Ford to add 1,550 new jobs in North America, at Dearborn Diversified, Dearborn Stamping, Kansas City Assembly, and Sterling Axle. With the new additions, the automaker is set to have the capacity to manufacture over 700,000 units of the 2015 Ford F-150 per year.
A press release from the automaker also reveals that a stipulation of their most recent bargain with the UAW mandates that Ford increase about 300 to 500 of its newer UAW employees’ pay rates from the entry-level rate of $19.28 per hour, to $28.50 per hour. So, the automaker isn’t just adding jobs, but decent-paying ones, as well.
These 1,550 additional jobs needed to meet demand for the 2015 Ford F-150 are in-addition to 5,000 or so hourly manufacturing jobs added in 2014. Henry would be proud.