Sunday, 23 October 2011

Ford plans to invest $1.1 billion in its Kansas plant



Ford confirmed Kansas City Assembly Plant workers will build its full-size Transit van when the new product joins its North American lineup in 2013.

The company is investing $1.1 billion, $700 million more than was previously announced, in a new body shop, new tooling in the Final Assembly Area, an upgraded paint shop and an all-new integrated stamping plant, which will be located on an adjacent property in Liberty, MO.

The assembly line at Kansas City that presently builds the Escape cross/utility vehicle will be idled for re-tooling after the model is phased out in April, and will reopen in 2013.

During retooling, the plant will continue to build F-150 trucks.Production of the next-generation Escape is being transferred to Ford’s Louisville, KY, facility, the auto maker says.

Ford says it plans to increase F-150 production at Kansas City, which will build the trucks on two shifts instead of one beginning in May.

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