CLAYCOMO, Mo. - This week, Ford's automobile plant in Claycomo, Missouri is welcoming 1,000 new employees. The company needs more people to start building a fleet of 2015 Ford Transit Vans.
This is the most people Ford has hired since 2000, and the company is not done hiring yet. It will fill 175 more positions this March.
The company hopes to have thousands of 2015 Transits ready to sell this summer across the United States.
The Transit is a full-size van made for businesses. It is already popular in the European market.
Ford will launch 16 new vehicles in the United States this year, and 23 worldwide. That's triple the number the company put out last year.
The company's Claycomo plant is also the home of the new 2015 F-150 truck.
Ford becomes the top auto employer in the Kansas City metro with the announcement of these 1,000 jobs. It also puts Ford Motor Company on the top 10 list of Missouri employers.
Jobs at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant increased more than 35 percent year-over-year, with approximately 3,400 employees in 2013 and more than 4,600 who will report for work by March.
Ford has been making cars in Kansas City since 1912, where the company made Model T's at the Winchester Avenue Plant at a rate of seven per day.