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Ford adding 2,000 workers to Claycomo plant

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Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand. Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand.
CLAYCOMO, MO (KCTV) -

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand.

Ford continues to grow. Sales for the F-series trucks are so profitable right now that Ford is adding a new shift. That means more jobs to the Kansas City metro.

More than 2,000 jobs will be added to the Ford Kansas City Assembly plant in Claycomo, MO. Missouri's Governor Jay Nixon shared the announcement with Ford officials and employees Thursday morning.

"The reason we are here, the reason this investment is here, is because we got the best workers in America right here in Kansas City," he said.

Of those 2,000 jobs, 900 will be hired for a new third shift for the production of the F-150 pick-up trucks.

Ford sells an F-series truck every 46 seconds, according to its marketing team. Ford said the surge in sales is partly due to the increase in housing construction. More homes, means more trucks needed.

Ford also supplies many fleets for several businesses and agencies.

"The F-150 is our best selling truck in the world. It's great to be adding a third crew to increase our production here," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas.

The other 1,100 jobs will fill positions for the new Transit Van. Ford announced last year it would be building the new vans, popular in Europe, in Kansas City.

"About a thousand will come from layoff when we moved the Escape to Louisville and moved our transit here then will also hire about 1,000 new employees as well," Hinrichs said.

There are Ford workers who have been on temporary layoff for a year now, but even when those workers are called back because Ford said it will need the new workers for the plant's third shift.

"The unemployment office has taken several thousand applications," said Todd Hillyard, a local United Auto Workers representative.

According to Missouri's Full Employment Council, they've taken least 5,000 applications.

Some of those jobs will be offered first to workers who were furloughed when Ford moved its Escape line to Kentucky. But that still leaves at least 1,000 positions for completely new hires.

Ford has invested $1.1 billion into expanding the Claycomo plant. That includes a new stamping facility and paint shop. And with the F-150 trucks continuing to sell at record pace, Ford hopes to add even more jobs in the future.

"I simply could not be prouder that the best pick-up in the world is built right here in Kansas City," Nixon said.

Ford gives those who apply a standard aptitude and dexterity test and that should begin in May. Those hired could start working as soon as this summer.

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