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Ford has announced plans to start a hiring onslaught and over the course of the next two years the automaker will add more than 7,000 employees to its ranks. Hiring both salaried and hourly employees, Ford is looking for a few good men and women in the States. In 2011, it plans to hire around 4,000 folks to fill positions at a number of plants including 1,800 positions opening up at the Louisville Assembly plant.

The Blue Oval is also on the hunt for a range of engineers to help further development of electric vehicles. Ford is looking for experts with a specialized knowledge of the various components required to make electric cars go. Those positions aren't Detroit-centric either, as Ford has openings in cities like Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati and San Jose.

Check out the full press-release after the jump for more information.

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-Ford will add more than 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs between this year and next in the United States
-As part of this job growth, Ford will begin recruiting engineers specializing in electrification at the 2011 North American International Auto Show on Wednesday and Thursday

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 – Ford Motor Company today announced it will add 7,000 new hourly and salaried jobs between this year and next in the United States.

This year alone, Ford is adding nearly 4,000 hourly jobs at several of its U.S. plants, including 1,800 at Louisville Assembly Plant, which is preparing to launch the next-generation Ford Escape late in the year. Ford also will add 750 salaried engineering jobs in product development and manufacturing. Next year, Ford expects to add at least 2,500 more new manufacturing positions.

"Ford is committed to American manufacturing, and we are on a path to add more than 7,000 American workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want."

Ford is recruiting salaried engineers specializing in batteries, system controls, software and energy storage to work on electric vehicles in Detroit and eight other cities including Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Raleigh and Durham, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif. This recruitment launches at the 2011 North American International Auto Show during industry preview days on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... So this is what happens when you say no to government bailouts/control? You thrive, grow and create more REAL jobs? Hmmmm... who woulda' thunk? Ford is becoming my American hero! Great job!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree w/every comment made in response to mine actually, we're on the same page.

      Point of my comment was to put these numbers in perspective since Ford/CNN, are pushing this announcement pretty hard...Certainly it's welcome news, and we REALLY need it, BUT...

      That's all I'm saying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      *7,000+ Jobs!! Wow.

      (After eliminating 90,000 jobs in the last 10 yrs)

      Look that's good news and all but let's not get too carried away here...

      • 4 Years Ago
      that was one of your weaker ones
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn someone wake me up when they create 7,001 jobs
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wake me up when your bar becomes completely red.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wake me up when people stop making stupid comments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Someone wake me up when these old folks find a sense of humor
        • 4 Years Ago
        its not over 9000.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great news.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @It's Me:

      Actually, lets get carried away. There is way too little enthusiasm for companies that use business practices that help out our country.

      As consumers, we are a bunch of whores- buying whatever is cheapest no matter if the product was made by killing babies or whatever. Personally, I will spend more on a product/service when I know and like the company behind it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep it up Ford!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This should be conditional on the UAW extending their current contract for a certain number of years. C'mon Ford, use it as a bargaining chip.
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