Ford Adds 1,550 Jobs To Build F-150
Ford has a winner on its hands. The new F-150 is so popular, the automaker is ramping up production. The automaker is adding 1,550 jobs at four plants to meet demand. The new aluminum F-150 accounted for 18 percent of overall F-150 sales in January.
“Thanks to stronger than expected customer demand, we’re adding 1,550 new workers to support additional F-150 production,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “These jobs are further proof that customers recognize the all-new F-150 as the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever. We sell every truck we can build, and we plan to build more.”
Of the 1,550 new jobs, 900 are allocated for Kansas City Assembly and 500 will be added between Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified, with the remaining 150 jobs going to Sterling Axle. These jobs are in addition to the more than 5,000 hourly jobs Ford added across its U.S. manufacturing facilities in 2014.
F-150 Rescues Semi
This week’s crippling snowstorm in Chicago created quite a scene on one street earlier this week. A driver in a semi-truck found himself stuck in the snow, but fortunately for him, a Ford F-150 was in the area. Its driver managed to tow the semi-truck out after being stuck for four hours. According to Ford’s website, the F-150 can tow 12,200 pounds.
Volvo S60 Cross Country Gets Limited U.S. Release
If you wanted to get your hands on Volvo’s new S-60 Cross Country, it might be difficult. Volvo is only doing a limited launch in the U.S. Initially, only 500 will be available. It’s been raised two inches from the standard S-60, unveiled in Detroit last month.
“We want to further explore the market with our Cross Country brand. We did this back in 1997 with the V70 Cross Country and it led to the birth of a whole new segment. We have included all the capability-driven benefits of the Cross Country brand in this new model, while offering a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” says Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars.