CLAYCOMO, Mo. - Ford Motor Company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) announced plans Thursday to add a third shift to keep up with customer demand for the Ford F-150. The announcement comes after the company’s $1.1 billion investment in 2011, which supported manufacturing upgrades and retooling at the Claycomo plant.
The plant employs 3,599 hourly employees. Of that total, more than 1,100 are on temporary layoff status brought about by the retooling. By adding a third shift, also referred to as a “C-crew” operation, the new schedule will add approximately 900 jobs.
Standing in front of the assembly line with new F-150s rolling by, Governor Jay Nixon (D – MO) praised both the F-150 and the people who make it. “By bringing a new third shift to the F-150 pickup, Ford is adding another 900 manufacturing jobs right here in Missouri,” he said. “This shift is needed to keep up with the surging demand for this popular vehicle, a testament to the quality of this product and the skills of those who build it.”
“As governor, I could not be prouder that the best pickup in the world is made by the best workers in the world and is built right here in Missouri.”
Joe Hinrichs, president, The Americas, echoed that confidence in Kansas City. “Together, we are working to help grow the Kansas City economy and further strengthen the American economy through new opportunities and new jobs,” he said. “This is One Ford at its best, delivering great products that people need, investing in jobs right here in America and moving communities forward."
Capturing the title of 2012 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, last year KCAP produced more than 211,300 F-150 trucks and currently produces 1,150 per day. With the implementation of a third shift operation, the facility will soon increase that total.
“This is great news for Kansas City Assembly Plant and a real testament to the strength of our F-150 brand, said Dan Jowiski, plant manager, KCAP. “The customer has spoken and it is up to us to deliver our class-leading product to them.” The decision also will impact the local community in a positive way. The plant uses more than 10 local suppliers who will benefit from the new production schedule.
“The continued investment at KCAP is a testament to the workforce here in Kansas City,” said Todd Hillyard, UAW Bargaining Chairman. “The addition of a C-crew in truck means more profit-sharing for active members and more good-paying jobs for our community.”
“I think the workforce in Kansas City is the best workforce in America,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles.
Once the retooling is done, the plant also will produce the all-new Ford Transit full-size van in 2014. That additional production will add as many as another 1,100 jobs.
“We’re happy that we are able to increase employment in the Kansas City area,” said Ashlie O’Reilly, supervisor, KCAP Labor Relations. “And it is exciting that our customers love our trucks.”