CLAYCOMO, Mo. - Ford will add more than 2,000 jobs to Claycomo as part of a $1.1 billion investment in the plant, the company announced at a news conference Thursday.
The company says it will add the jobs to keep up with high demand for the Ford F-150 and the planned production of an all-new Transit family of commercial vehicles.
The president of Ford Motor Company and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon were on hand for the official announcement at the plant Thursday morning.
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"Customer demand for today's F-150 is strong and continues growing," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas. "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."
More than 1,000 of the jobs will be new hires, according to a statement from Ford. The other 1,000 workers will be those earlier placed on temporary leave.
The first new and returning employees will begin this summer or fall, according to Ford officials.
About 900 of the jobs and a third crew will be added in the third quarter to build the F-150.
"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," Hinrichs said.
Another 1,100 jobs will be added 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," Hinrichs said.
Most of the new jobs will be entry-level and would start at about $15.78 an hour, plus benefits. Experience in manufacturing is preferred and applicants will need to take an aptitude test.
A first round of interviews will be conducted next week with more coming in June.