Ford Motor announced that they will add about 6,200 new union jobs across the Midwest in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri. Moreover, the company has also planned to change the status of 3,000 United Auto Workers to permanent full-time employees. In addition, the auto giant will provide healthcare benefits to all hourly employees from the first day of employment.
$3.7 billion investment for revamping of factories
Ford Motor are will revamp their three factories and enable them to build new electric and gas-powered vehicles. The company will roughly invest $3.7 billion in restructuring their plants in Midwest. Although, the company has not provided any details. However, there are expecting that the production will begin at Ohio plant by 2025. Ford also plans to cut the distribution costs of their vehicles. The distribution costs amount to $2,000 per vehicle more than Tesla.
3,000 workers to be converted to permanent employees
In addition, the revamping of new factories will bring plenty of employment opportunities at the company. The project is likely to create more than 6,000 new jobs across these three factories. Moreover, 3,000 workers will become full-time hourly employees on immediate basis. Alongside, the project will bring about 74,000 additional indirect non-Ford jobs across the United States. Ford is America’s Number 1 employer of hourly autoworkers, and this investment only deepens our commitment to building great new vehicles – from an all-new Mustang to new EVs – right here in the U.S. in partnership with the UAW. I am proud that we are investing in the Midwest and taking real action to provide better benefits and working conditions for our workers on the plant floor.” Bill Ford, executive chair of Ford said in his statement.
Workplace improvement plans
Ford will also invest $1 billion for workplace improvements at their different factories during the next five years. These improvements include better lighting in parking lots and more food options in cafeterias. “In many ways, Ford is America’s automaker and our relationship with the UAW is essential to our success. Our frontline manufacturing employees are the key to delivering what our customers want more of – amazing new electric vehicles like the F-150 Lightning as well as must-have internal combustion-powered vehicles like the forthcoming all-new Mustang coupe.” Kumar Galhotra, president, Ford Blue expressed his views regarding company’s plans for workplace improvements.
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