With the 2014 Mazda6 being built in Japan, Ford is filling the production capacity at its Flat Rock Assembly plant (previously known as AutoAlliance International) with the 2013 Ford Fusion. The new Fusion goes on sale this fall, and while early versions of the car will continue to be made in Hermosillo, Mexico, production will switch to the Flat Rock, Mich. plant early next year.

Currently, that plant only builds the Ford Mustang, and to prepare for the higher volume that the Fusion will bring, Ford has announced it will be adding 1,200 new jobs to the plant in addition to a $555 million upgrade to the paint and body shops. Not only will this upgrade allow Flat Rock to be a more flexible plant, it will also allow it to be more environmentally friendly with a 3-Wet paint process that creates fewer pollutants and lowers overall paint costs.

The plant is still owned 50/50 between Ford and Mazda, but it will be managed 100 percent by Ford Motor Company going forward. Once Fusion production begins, Flat Rock Assembly will employ a total of 2,900 workers.
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Ford Opens New Era at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Source of 1,200 New Jobs and U.S. Production Home of All-New Fusion

-Ford celebrates opening of a new era at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, new U.S. production home of the 2013 Ford Fusion as well as the iconic Mustang
-Supporting its Fusion production growth plans, Ford is adding 1,200 jobs, a second production shift, and investing $555 million, taking full management control of the former AutoAlliance International plant
-Upgraded Flat Rock Assembly Plant will feature a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop and an upgraded paint shop with an environmentally friendly 3-Wet paint process when production begins in 2013
-On sale this fall, the 2013 Fusion offers customers the power of choice with the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment


FLAT ROCK, Mich., Sept. 10, 2012 – Ford Motor Company and its employees today are opening a new era at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, complete with a new name, 1,200 additional hourly jobs coming next year and plans to produce the 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan.

"The new Flat Rock Assembly Plant symbolizes the growth driven by our One Ford plan," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "Ford continues investing in people, products and plants to deliver the head-turning, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive vehicles people really want, including the all-new Fusion."

Previously known as AutoAlliance International, Flat Rock Assembly is now under the full management control of Ford. The plant continues to be owned by a joint venture that is split 50/50 between Ford and Mazda Motor Corp.

Following the end of Mazda6 production last month, the plant will continue to produce the Mustang before adding Fusion next year.

Flat Rock Assembly will be the U.S. producer of Fusion, employing 2,900 workers on both vehicle lines.

In addition to adding 1,200 new hourly jobs tied to Fusion production, Ford also is investing $555 million to build a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop capable of producing multiple vehicles. With each new major plant program, Ford is significantly increasing the flexibility of its equipment and facilities to build multiple vehicles at one location. By 2015, Ford will be able to produce 25 percent more derivatives per plant versus 2011 on a global basis.

Ford also is upgrading the plant's paint shop with an environmentally friendly 3-Wet paint process. The 3-Wet process, which Ford is rolling out across more than 15 assembly plants globally, allows three layers of paint to be applied one after another while still wet, with less manual intervention, resulting in a superior product created with fewer pollutants and less expense.

"By fully incorporating Flat Rock Assembly into our manufacturing system, we are able to take advantage of internal efficiencies that will streamline our ability to produce vehicles," said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing. "This is critical as we increase our capacity to meet growing customer demand for our products."

Introduced six years ago, Fusion is part of the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. this year – midsize sedans. Ford expects the midsize sedan segment, which totaled 2.1 million vehicles in 2011, to continue growing. Fusion's share of the segment has doubled to 12 percent since it was introduced, and the car has set sales records in five of the first seven months of this year.

On sale this fall, the 2013 Fusion offers customers the power of choice with the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment – two EcoBoost-powered gasoline engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Fusion Hybrid's 47 city mpg beats the 2012 Camry Hybrid LE by 4 mpg in the city. The Fusion Energi's MPGe of 100 tops the 2013 Volt's by 2 MPGe.

Fusion also offers consumers seven must-have technologies, including a Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and MyFord Touch®.

Opened in 1987 as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA, the plant in Flat Rock first produced the Mazda MX-6. In 1992, Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the plant and it was renamed AutoAlliance International. Over the years, the plant produced the Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe. Mustang production was shifted to the plant in 2005.


About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 168,000 employees and about 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


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      Gunslinger012000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good job Ford, as always. Bringing some job's back to America is what other companies need to do.
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoop whoop! Way to go Ford! We love seeing an AMERICAN company build their cars in AMERICA/USA!!!! Love it!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      patsy
      • 2 Years Ago
      They did not need OBAMA,
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @patsy
        Actually Ford needed the bailouts. They just didn't need the money themselves. In fact, they testified in front of Congress that if GM and Chrysler were not bailed out, Ford would go under too. This is because they were reliant upon the same suppliers. The bailout worked, and every manufacturer with a factory in the United States benefited, even the ones that didn't take money directly.
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          And 1,000,000 directly employed people kept their jobs whIle an another 2.5 million indirectly employed people that service and sell to the 1mil slept their jobs too. Hence it was a good idea and it worked.
        otis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @patsy
        +1 to what Making11s said. Also remember Toyota said they would be severely hurt by GM failing due to supply connections.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @patsy
        Screw off.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is so Ford can fill more fleet orders for their "cheap wannabe Aston yet it looks nothing like a proper Aston" family appliance. There are far better entries in this field. The Fusion is already behind.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        They actually have a fleet cap on non commercial vehicles which is lower that Toyota. Hmmm
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Fusion hasn't even been sold once yet in the new form and the outgoing model has higher quality than Honda and Toyota. Just wanted to set the record back to factual and non infrensical.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Just because you were conceived in the back of a Pinto doesn't mean you should troll Ford for the rest of your life. H ating Ford will not undo the pain of growing up in all of those orphanages, bring your teeth back or erase that tweety-bird tattoo on your shoulder. Get over it.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        The poor Troll just can't stand Ford. Wah wah wah, and nobody cares.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        That guy needs therapy very badly.
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Capitalism 1 - Socialism 0
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        mmmfloorpie
        • 2 Years Ago
        Only the excess are being made in Flat Rock. The majority will still come from Mexico.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mmmfloorpie
          They are splitting production of the gas models between Mexico and Flat Rock. Hybrids and plug-in cars will be built in Mexico.
          otis
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mmmfloorpie
          That's not entirely true. Some American/Canadian Fusions will still come from Hermosillo but the majority will be from Flat Rock. Most Hermosillo Production will be for South America and Export to middle east and possibly Europe if they close plants there.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mmmfloorpie
          Why did mmmfloorpie say the excess is being made in Flat Rock when the majority will come from Flat Rock and not Mexico? Why did he say something untrue, when it was so easily verifiable?
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mmmfloorpie
          I sometimes wonder how people get their information and how they present facts without fact finding. Hmmm
      MAX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford actually took government money from TARP and from the energy department, but everybody paying attention and not bearing false witness knows that's. That being said, congratulations to Ford for building the best midsize car. BTW, while Ford is taking marketshare from JapanINC, Mighty Mopar will be hammering on the F150.
        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        You're retarded. Ford received $5.9 billion in DOE loans in June 2009 and has drawn down $5.4 billion to date. 11 facilities benefited from the loans designed to promote the manufacture of vehicles with advanced technology. The started paying it back this month. This wasn't money to stay alive, this was money to promote advancement of technology...
        indianapolisjs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        ford didnt take money . blatant lie
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @indianapolisjs
          They essentially took it 'under the table' (ie not publicly), but the North American operations of BMW and Toyota also took some money, IIRC.
          MAX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @indianapolisjs
          Here's links that prove you wrong. I believe you already know this but bear false witness. http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2010/12/report-ford-took-federal-funds-too.html http://www.freep.com/article/20120112/BUSINESS0102/201120601/Ford-not-GM-or-Chrysler-got-federal-loans-to-retool-plants
          mumbojumbo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @indianapolisjs
          @ MAX: In the first article you posted, the loan wasn't to Ford, it was to Ford Credit, the financial branch of Ford. That money was used to provide financing for people purchasing vehicles when banks weren't lending money to one another at all. GM and Chrysler, and even BMW financial and Toyota financial took loans offered to them, why aren't you whining about that? Foreign companies taking US loans so they can offer financing to people who want to buy their vehicles. It's a seperate issue from the bailout of GM and Chrysler anyways, who needed saving or they would've gone bankrupt. In the second article you linked, they pointed out that those loans were in the works before the auto crisis hit, and they are simply low interest loans through the DOE to fund fuel-efficient vehicle production, completely seperate from the TARP $ bailout funds given to GM and Chrysler. GM was given $50 billion dollars, and Chrysler is now a foreign company thanks to Fiats ownership. Great deal for the American taxpayers. Give money so foreign companies can buy up American ones. Why are you so loyal to foreign companies and ones who take your money and don't repay it?
        Toneron
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Obama plant! LOL
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Rocks
      mumbojumbo
      • 2 Years Ago
      1200 more reasons to buy a Ford and NOT a Mazda. Support your neighbor and your country when given the choice. Mazda dumped the American worker when they left the USA to manufacture all of their vehicles in Japan, please remember that the next time you go car shopping.
        Jason Krumvieda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mumbojumbo
        Ford sold them their stake back when they got rid of Mercury. They didn't have an alliance anymore so they didn't have the capital to stay here.
          Jesse Gurr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason Krumvieda
          Mazda also kept their 50% stake in the factory not selling it to ford. I wonder if they think that they might be coming back or if they will collaborate on something different. only time will tell.
          Jason Krumvieda
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason Krumvieda
          Damn Edit button! C'mon AB!
      tom piercy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm gonna buy a Honda next! As soon as I wear out my '05 Focus. It has 255000 miles on it now and doesn't use a drop of oil, has all the power it did when it was new (turns a robust 6000RPM regularly) and has never broke but for an alternator. BUT, it has really lousy cupholders and I understand that Hondas have great cupholders. I never even have to change a timing belt (has a chain), so when does it wear out?
      jbm0866
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has nothing to do with the article, but the new Fusion looks MUCH better in the darker colors. Also, kudos to Ford for bringing assembly back to the U.S...
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        Same with the MKZ. I can't wait to see one in person in Smoked Quartz.
          Randy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          Indeed. I love the new MKZ other than the name. Lol
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