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Ford to create 550 jobs as it boosts SUV production



Consumer appetite for large SUVs is clearly continuing to grow and grow, with Ford announcing this week that it will be creating at least 550 new jobs to boost production of its popular Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
The Ford Expedition has quickly become one of Ford's most popular models.
(The Ford Expedition has quickly become one of Ford’s most popular models. Image via Ford).

Surging demand for these two models is driving an increase in production of 20 percent at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 percent and it gained 5.6 percentage points in market segment share last year. As for the Lincoln Navigator sales grew 70 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 17,839 sold, giving the Navigator its best sales year since 2007.

Ford has taken some novel measures to ramp-up production, including increasing the line speed at the Kentucky Truck Plant, gathering groups of workers together to analyse the time cycles of each operation, and adding more workstations. The plant team has also optimised the use of space at the plant, adding pits and platforms so more line operators working in the same area can execute tasks while complying with varying height requirements as the vehicle moves down the assembly line.
Ford has optimised operations at its Kentucky Truck Plant to boost production of the popular SUVs
(Ford has optimised operations at its Kentucky Truck Plant to boost production of the popular SUVs. Image via Ford).

Of course, the big news is that this ramping-up of production also requires more workers. Ford is adding 550 jobs at the Kentucky plant and is also moving approximately that same number of jobs from their Louisville Assembly Plant to increase production by a targeted 20 percent.

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