Ford to invest $3.7B, 6,200 new union jobs in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri

Full production of the Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup started in April.
Ford to invest $3.7B, 6,200 new union jobs in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 7:00 AM EDT
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DEARBORN, Mich. (WILX) - Ford Motor Company announced it will add more than 6,200 new jobs in three states and convert almost 3,000 temporary UAW workers to permanent full-time status in a $3.7 billion investment.

Ford and UAW made the announcement on Thursday.

The $3.7 billion investment and more than 6,200 new union jobs announced include:

  • Michigan: $2 billion investment and 3,200 union jobs including the creation of nearly 2,000 jobs throughout three assembly plants in Michigan to increase production of the all-new F-150 Lightning electric truck to 150,000 per year at Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, produce an all-new Ranger pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne and an all-new Mustang coupe at Flat Rock Assembly Plant. The investment also includes $35 million to build an all-new Ford Customer Service Division packaging facility in Monroe that will create more than 600 union jobs, with operations expected to begin in 2024 to help accelerate parts shipments for Ford customers
  • Ohio: $1.5 billion investment and 1,800 union jobs at Ohio Assembly Plant to assemble an all-new EV commercial vehicle starting mid-decade, along with an additional 90 jobs and $100 million investment between Lima Engine and Sharonville Transmission plants
  • Missouri: $95 million investment and 1,100 union jobs for a third shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant to increase production of the Transit, America’s best-selling commercial van, and the all-new E-Transit electric van

Later on Thursday, Ford will be joined by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders for an additional announcement which will be held on Mackinac Island where later in the day, Gov. Whitmer will deliver the keynote address at the Mackinac Policy Conference. The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and will be streamed on WILX.com and the WILX Facebook page.

“We are thrilled that Ford is advancing its long legacy in Michigan by investing $2 billion to create 3,200 good-paying UAW jobs,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I am proud that we came together to deliver economic development legislation that has helped us land huge projects creating thousands of jobs. With this announcement, Michigan has added nearly 25,000 auto jobs since I took office, and we continue to lead the future of mobility and electrification. Let’s continue in this spirit of collaboration to keep growing our economy, creating jobs, and advancing the future of mobility and electrification.”

For almost 70 years, Ohio has held a key role in Ford’s history where the company currently has 7,000 employees in the state. Ohio Assembly Plant currently produces E-Series vans, medium-duty trucks, and Super Duty chassis cabs and will be where the new commercial electric vehicle is assembled. Ohio Assembly is located in Sheffield Lake, about 25 miles west of Cleveland.

“The ingenuity and talent of Ohio’s automotive workforce is second to none, and Ford’s investment in Avon Lake will play an essential role in growing the EV space,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Ford has been a partner in Ohio for generations, and its confidence in the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant operations secures EV operations in Lorain County that will be critical for decades to come.”

Full production of the Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup started in April. With a price tag of $40,000, it can travel as much as 300 miles per charge.

Previous coverage: Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup now in full production

Ford is reporting it is on track to deliver more than 2 million electric vehicles annually by 2026. That’s equal to about one-third of the company’s global volume, on the way to 50% by 2030.

One of the most popular features of the Lightning is the “Frunk,” because of the front trunk, as the space is empty with no engine taking up real estate.

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