Is This New Wave of Ford Hiring Just the Beginning?
If the revival of Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is signified by the size and strength of its U.S. workforce, the automaker is making major progress. Ford launched U.S. production of the Fusion sedan with 1,400 new hires at its Flat Rock, Michigan plant Thursday. The company is now more than three quarters of the way toward its goal of 12,000 new U.S. salaried employees by 2015, according to a company statement, and union officials suggest a higher total may be in the offing.
The Fusion has been a hit for Ford since it revamped its midsize sedan for the 2013 model year. Fusion sales are impressive for 2013, up 13 percent compared to last year, according to the automaker’s figures. Mexican plants have been responsible for Fusion production until this crew was added to the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, giving Ford the capability to produce 30 percent more Fusions (350,000 total) per year, according to a company statement.
While it was a celebration day for Ford, the United Auto Workers were also in high spirits at the Flat Rock launch. Jimmy Settles, the UAW vice president, described the event as a homecoming. ”Together with the domestic automakers and through the collective bargaining process, we are able to bring jobs to the U.S. that were previously located offshore. Fusion production in Flat Rock is a key part of that,” Settles said in the Ford company statement. He also said he could envision much more hiring ahead.