Ford to Add 3,000 Jobs at Two MI Plants
December 17, 2019 - MICHAEL MARTINEZ
Ford Motor Co. plans to add 3,000 jobs at two assembly plants in southeastern Michigan, according to a request for tax incentives that received state approval Tuesday.
Ford told state economic development officials that it will invest nearly $1.5 billion in the Michigan Assembly and Dearborn Truck plants to make the upcoming Bronco SUV, electrified versions of the F-150 pickup and upfitted versions of the Ranger pickup and Bronco.
The automaker also said it would build an autonomous vehicle production center either at or near Michigan Assembly. The facility would install driverless technology on hybrid vehicles, starting in 2021.
"This would be the first center of its kind for the company and is expected to drive synergies with its existing AV research functions in Dearborn and Detroit," the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which approved Ford's requests for about $35.3 million in incentives, said in a memo explaining the projects.
Ford's new contract with the UAW, ratified in November, alluded to the assembly plant renovations, though it wasn't known how many jobs would result. The incentive request said employment at Michigan Assembly would double, to about 5,400 workers, while Dearborn Truck would add about 300 jobs.
(Continued at Link)