Ford Motor plans to invest more than $1.45 billion in two southeast Michigan manufacturing facilities and adding 3,000 new jobs to strengthen its position in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion into electric and autonomous vehicles.
Ford is investing approximately $750 million and adding 2,700 new direct jobs at its manufacturing facility in Wayne, Mich., during the next three years. Ford will install new equipment to support production of the new Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger as well as create a new modification center at the Wayne location.
Employees at Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle, Bronco and Ranger modification center in Wayne will complete Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021, including installing the vehicles’ unique self-driving technology and purpose-built interiors. This will be the first center of its kind for Ford and will drive synergies with the company’s existing AV research functions in Dearborn and Detroit.
At Ford’s Dearborn manufacturing site, Ford will add 300 jobs and invest about $700 million to support production of new electrified variants of its F-150 truck, producing both a F-150 hybrid and fully electric F-150. Ford will also create a new operation in Dearborn here battery cells will be assembled into a battery pack for the F-150 hybrid and all-electric F-150.
The company’s investments are supported by Ford’s partnership with the UAW, as well as with federal, state, county and local governments.
In the 2019 UAW-Ford contract, Ford pledged to invest $6 billion in its U.S. factories, creating or retaining 8,500 jobs.
In 2020, Ford will debut the all-new F-150 and F-150 hybrid. The fully electric Ford F-150 is coming soon after and will be part of the company’s more than $11.5 billion global electrified vehicle investment. Dearborn Truck Plant will build these Ford F-150s, part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck for 42 straight years.
The Ford Bronco will be revealed in the spring of 2020. This all-new off-road SUV will be built alongside the Ford Ranger at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.