Ford to Invest $80M, Add Jobs at Kentucky Plant to Meet F-Series Super Duty Demand

“Cus­tomer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is grow­ing sub­stan­tial­ly, and F-Series over­all is America’s best-sell­ing truck for 37 years run­ning,” said Joe Hin­richs, Ford pres­i­dent of The Amer­i­c­as. “Build­ing on more than 100 years of man­u­fac­tur­ing in Ken­tucky, we are proud to expand our prof­itable growth in the region as a result of our lead­er­ship in trucks and SUVs.”

Ken­tucky Truck Plant pro­duces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pick­ups, as well as Ford Expe­di­tion and Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor. With the pro­duc­tion increase in 2014, the plant will build the 5-mil­lionth Ford F-Series Super Duty. The truck was intro­duced in 1999.

“We are hap­py to be adding new jobs at Ken­tucky Truck Plant, because we know the impact these jobs will have on the local com­mu­ni­ty,” said Jim­my Set­tles, UAW vice pres­i­dent, Nation­al Ford Depart­ment. “It’s espe­cial­ly reward­ing to know these jobs come as a result of cus­tomer demand. It shows cus­tomers under­stand and appre­ci­ate the ded­i­ca­tion our UAW Ford work­ers put into deliv­er­ing top-qual­i­ty prod­ucts like Ford F-Series Super Duty.”

Ford began man­u­fac­tur­ing vehi­cles in Ken­tucky in 1913 with 11 employ­ees. Ken­tucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, cov­ers 6 mil­lion square feet and employs close to 4,000 peo­ple.

“This is a great day to be both ‘Ford Tough’ and a Ken­tuck­ian,” said Ken­tucky Gov. Steve Beshear. “For more than a cen­tu­ry, Ford has cre­at­ed qual­i­ty vehi­cles and qual­i­ty jobs in the Com­mon­wealth of Ken­tucky. I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing even more Ken­tucky-made Ford F-Series pick­ups on the roads, and more Ken­tuck­ians back to work as a result of this invest­ment.”

Ford F-Series Super Duty
The 2015 F-Series Super Duty line­up is an exam­ple of Ford’s ded­i­ca­tion to con­tin­u­ous­ly pro­vid­ing advanced pow­er­trains and inno­v­a­tive tech­nolo­gies that answer cus­tomer demands. Ford trucks offer pow­er, tough­ness and dura­bil­i­ty, mak­ing Ford the top-sell­ing truck brand in every major com­mer­cial sec­tor.

The 2015 Super Duty is Ford’s most capa­ble heavy-duty pick­up truck yet. It fea­tures sig­nif­i­cant updates that include the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion 6.7-liter Pow­er Stroke® V8 tur­bo diesel with a new, larg­er tur­bocharg­er. In addi­tion, mul­ti­ple mechan­i­cal changes lead to increased torque, horse­pow­er and tow­ing capac­i­ty, while giv­ing supe­ri­or fuel econ­o­my and dura­bil­i­ty for cus­tomers. Most of the 2015 F-Series Super Duty line­up will be on sale this spring. The F-450 pick­up truck will be on sale by this sum­mer.

Cel­e­brat­ing its 65th anniver­sary last year, Ford F-Series topped 750,000 sales in 2013, with more than 70,000 trucks sold in Decem­ber after eight straight months of sales above 60,000 vehi­cles. On aver­age, a sin­gle F-Series pick­up was sold every 41 sec­onds in 2013.

“F-Series con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the seg­ment, widen­ing the gap between Ford and key com­peti­tors,” said Doug Scott, Ford truck group mar­ket­ing man­ag­er. “The con­tin­ued dom­i­na­tion of F-Series has made the Blue Oval not just the indus­try leader for trucks, but America’s favorite truck man­u­fac­tur­er.”

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