LOUISVILLE - Ford is investing U.S. $1.2 billion in Louisville, including the addition of 1,300 new jobs. Mark Fields, president, the Americas, and John Fleming, executive vice president, Manufacturing, met with Governor Steve Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and UAW leadership to celebrate the investments at the end of last week.
“We’re here to celebrate. If we all work together, our families benefit. That’s the lesson for today. If we all work together then the community benefits,” said Beshear. “Here in Kentucky, we are one of the nation’s top builders of cars and light trucks and we intend to stay there. It is a source of great pride that even more Kentuckians will soon be building Ford vehicles.”
Ford recently announced the addition of a third shift to be added to Louisville Assembly Plant. This third shift will result in roughly 1,300 jobs. Not only do these new jobs directly affect Ford employees, it affects the entire community.
Ford has established deep roots in this community," said Fleming. "We purchase more than $3.8 billion from more than 180 suppliers located across this state. We are committed to Louisville, as well as Kentucky, and for good reason. This is a great place to do business.”
Fisher, excited about the Ford's partnership with Louisville, presented UAW and Ford leadership with a key to the city. He also declared the day “Ford Advanced Manufacturing Day” and presented Fields with a plaque.
“On behalf of Ford, I am very honored to accept the key to the city and the proclamation that your mayor generously gave," said Fields. "This is truly symbolic of our partnership, a true partnership, with the city and also that partnership extends to the state as we’ve really continually worked to keep production, investment and most importantly, jobs, right here in Louisville.”
UAW Assistant Director to Region 3 Mike Able acknowledged the mutually beneficial relationship that the UAW has with Ford.
“Ford has made us a commitment that if we get an affordable and competitive business model, we’ll bring the jobs back," he said. "And today shows how they’ve honored that commitment, and we appreciate that."
Fields discussed the energy in the plant and from the workers in preparation for the next-generation Escape.
“We walked out of the plant with more energy than when we walked in," he said. "Just being able to talk with our workers who are building this great next-generation product, the passion that they have, and I think that bodes very well for the success of the Escape as it comes out. The business all comes down to people."
He concluded the celebration by thanking the team.
"I want to give a big thank you to our UAW leaders here and our employees of Louisville for working so hard every day," said Fields. "I’m a little biased, but I think we have the best workforce in the world.”