Ford Motor Company is investing a whopping $1 billion in Chicago Assembly and Stamping Plants and adding a substantial 500 new jobs as it prepares to launch three highly anticipated SUVs that will go on sale later this year.


The additional 500 jobs will bring the total employment at the two plants to about 5,8000 Ford employees.


Starting in March, the plant will completely transform expanding capacity for the production of the all-new Ford Explorer — including the ST, Hybrid, and the all-new Police Interceptor Utility — these explorers will be joined by an all-new Lincoln Aviator. All this work will be completed in spring.


Ford is also building an all-new body shop and paint shop at Chicago Assembly, and making major modifications to the final assembly area. At Chicago Stamping, Ford is adding all-new stamping lines in preparation for the new vehicles. There are many advanced manufacturing technologies being implemented and among them are a collaborative robot with a camera that inspects electrical connections and several 3D printed tools will be installed to ensure employees can build these new vehicles with the utmost attention to quality for consumers.


The production of these three new SUVs will add to Ford’s already massive output in the U.S. Last year Ford was the number one producer of vehicles in the America, and the leading exporter of vehicles building nearly 2.4 million in 2018. Ford also employs the most hourly U.S. autoworkers. This investment will certainly keep the company on top.


Ford doesn’t just want to be the biggest employer, they want to be the best. Employee-related improvements make the plant a better place to work and Ford didn’t hold back, they spent a total of $40 million on all-new LED lighting, cafeteria updates, new break areas, and security upgrades in the parking lot. The company's investment is supported by Ford’s long term partnerships with UAW and federal, state, county, and local government.


Located in the city’s south side, Chicago Assembly is Ford’s longest continually operating vehicle assembly plant. The factory started production with the Model T in 1924 and was converted into a war production facility during World War II. This new investment is going to keep the plant producing for a long time coming.

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