Ford to invest $1.45 billion, add 3,000 jobs at 2 metro Detroit plants

Posted at 12:02 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 18:22:54-05

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Ford Motor Company plans to invest $1.45 billion and add 3,000 jobs at two southeast Michigan plants to help build new vehicles.

According to Ford, they will invest $750 million and add 2,700 jobs over the next three years at the Ford manufacturing plant in Wayne.

Those jobs will help build the new Bronco, an all-new Ford Ranger, and a new modification center to support autonomous vehicles and other vehicles.

Ford will also invest $700 million and add 300 jobs to the Dearborn manufacturing plant to help produce the all-new Ford F-150, F-150 hybrid and the all-electric F-150.

The company said that employees at the AV, Bronco and Ranger modification center will complete Ford's first autonomous vehicles in 2021, which includes the self-driving technology.

It will be the first center of its kind for Ford.

“At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today – including trucks and SUVs – while at the same time expanding our leadership into electric and autonomous vehicles,” Ford Automotive President Joe Hinrichs said in a release. “As America’s No. 1 producer of automobiles, we are proud of our commitment to invest in manufacturing here in Michigan.”

As part of its new contract with the UAW, Ford said it would invest $6 billion in U.S. factories and create or retain 8,500 jobs.

“The UAW is proud of Ford’s commitment to manufacturing in the United States and in Michigan,” UAW President Rory Gamble added in a release. “This is a direct result of the 2019 collective bargaining process, providing additional jobs – and job security – for UAW members in Southeast Michigan.”