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Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs at Kansas City Assembly to Support Surging F-150 Demand, Ford Transit Launch



 Ford Adding 2,000-Plus Jobs at Kansas City Assembly to Support Surging F-150
                         Demand, Ford Transit Launch

PR Newswire

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  o Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant will add more than 2,000 jobs to support
    high demand for Ford F-150 plus the planned production of the all-new
    Transit family of commercial vehicles starting next summer; more than
    1,000 will be new hires
  o Ford F-Series sales up 24 percent in April and 19 percent year to date;
    full-size truck segment growing three times faster than industry average
    and is fastest-growing segment this year
  o Ford has reached 75 percent of its goal to create 12,000 hourly jobs in
    the U.S. by 2015

Ford, the industry's truck leader, will add more than 2,000 jobs at its Kansas
City Assembly Plant to meet surging demand for the Ford F-150 and planned
production of the all-new Ford Transit.

"Customer demand for today's F-150 is strong and continues growing, the truck
segment is growing three times faster than the overall industry, the housing
market is strengthening, and we are seeing growth in the U.S. economy," said
Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of The Americas. "Our 'Built Ford Tough' F-150
is America's favorite pickup, and we are going to expand operations in Kansas
City to ensure we have enough trucks to meet customer demand."

Ford is adding 900 jobs and a third crew in the third quarter to build F-150.
U.S. sales of Ford's F-Series trucks increased 24 percent in April and 19
percent year to date. Ford also is adding another 1,100 jobs starting in the
fourth quarter to prepare for the introduction of the all-new Ford Transit
full-size van in 2014.

"For customers who want a modern van that is as tough and smart as the
F-Series, the all-new Ford Transit van delivers, with better fuel economy,
more capability and the greatest number of technology choices and innovative
configurations full-size van buyers have ever seen," Hinrichs said.

Kansas City Assembly

Kansas City Assembly Plant produces the Ford F-150 Regular, Super and Crew Cab
and will produce the Ford Transit. The plant currently has 2,450 hourly
workers working on two shifts and will add a third crew in the third quarter.

Ford is investing $1.1 billion to retool and expand the facility for
production of both the F-150 and Transit, including a 437,000 sq.-ft. stamping
facility and a 78,000 sq.-ft. paint shop.

The new stamping facility was completed in 2012. The paint shop expansion will
include installation of the three-wet paint process, which is more
environmentally friendly and requires less time than conventional  paint
processes – without compromising Ford's paint quality or durability.

"Today we celebrate the commitment to excellence displayed every day by the
men and women of Kansas City Assembly Plant," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice
president and director of the National Ford Department. "These additional jobs
are the direct result of the dedicated effort our UAW members display every
day at facilities all across the country and serve as another reminder of the
resilience of American workers and our nation's manufacturing sector."

With the investment and new jobs in Kansas City, Ford is three-quarters of the
way to its plan to create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. The company
also is investing $16 billion in its U.S. product development and
manufacturing operations – including $6.2 billion in plant-specific
investments. These actions, including today's announcements, are consistent
with Ford's previous 2013 financial guidance for the Total Company and North
America.

Community Impact

The plant expansion has a major impact in the local community and beyond.
Kansas City Assembly has more than 250 suppliers nationally and more than 10
suppliers locally who will positively benefit from the addition of a third
crew. Additionally, when Transit production starts next year, close to 275
suppliers nationally and six suppliers locally will grow their business.
According to the job multiplier effect of nine jobs to every one – more than
18,000 jobs will be created to support the plant.

"Today's announcement is yet another testament to our successful efforts to
revitalize Missouri's automotive manufacturing industry, which continues to
gain steam," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said. "This third crew for production of
the F-150 will create hundreds of additional manufacturing jobs for workers in
this region and ensure Missouri continues to lead the rebirth of the American
auto industry for years to come."

Ford F-150

The "Built Ford Tough" F-150 delivers the segment's best combination of power,
capability, safety and fuel economy.

F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 65^th year, F-Series has
been the best-selling truck in America for 36 consecutive years, the
best-selling vehicle in America for 31 consecutive years and the brand with
the most trucks on the road with more than 250,000 miles, as certified by
Polk.

The Kansas City-built F-150 is the first choice for tradespeople who need the
most durable, advanced in the market truck. For example, F-150 leads in a
variety of fields, including:

  o 62 percent market share in road and highway maintenance
  o 68 percent share in hazardous materials work
  o 67 percent share in the oil pipeline industry

F-150 also boasts leading safety ratings. F-150's fully boxed frame, made from
high-strength hydroformed steel, provides a backbone built for increased
durability and safety. F-150 has earned top safety ratings from the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety.

Overall, F-150 offers customers the broadest lineup in the segment, with 10
models that include work-ready XL, sporty and capable FX, well-balanced XLT,
refined and luxurious Limited and the no-compromise off-road SVT Raptor.

The Ford F-150 also features an unrivaled four engine choices, including the
advanced 3.5-liter EcoBoost, to help customers find the most fuel-efficient
and capable engine to meet their needs. Ford's patented EcoBoost engine
delivers an unmatched combination of best-in-class towing and payload, torque
and fuel economy. More than 300,000 EcoBoost engines have been sold for F-150
and it is now Ford's best-selling truck engine.

Ford Transit

The familiar van that delivers packages or shuttles airport passengers is
about to change in a revolutionary way. The all-new Ford Transit will provide
tradespeople and businesses with unmatched fuel economy, innovative new
configurations and leading versatility in the expanding commercial vehicle
market.

Transit is born from nearly a century of hard-earned experience delivering two
distinct full-size vans to customers in America, Europe and other global
markets. For the U.S., Transit eventually replaces E-Series, first sold in
1961 as Ford Econoline and America's best-selling commercial van for 34 years.
Transit was first sold in 1965. It's the best-selling commercial van in
Europe.

Customers will have more choices than ever from a Ford van. Transit will be
offered in three body lengths; two wheelbases; three roof heights. Cargo
volume ranges from about 250 to almost 500 cubic feet – more than twice the
volume of today's standard E-Series, saving the customer fuel costs and the
time and hassle of a second trip.

Designed and developed to provide efficient service over the long haul, Ford
Transit will be at least 25 percent more fuel efficient than today's E-Series,
helping save Transit owners thousands of dollars in fuel costs during its
service life.

Transit has been tested to the "Built Ford Tough" truck standards at Ford's
proving grounds and in the hands of real-world fleet customers in North
America.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Kristina Adamski, 313.588.0849, kadamsk1@ford.com or Mike Levine,
313.806.1741, mlevine5@ford.com
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