Ford has announced it will invest $773 million in its facilities across Southeast Michigan. The funds will go toward new equipment and bolstering manufacturing capacity at six plants. The plan is part of a larger move to invest a total of $6.2 billion in the US by 2015. All told, the latest round of upgrades should help create 2,350 new hourly jobs while allowing Ford to keep a further 3,240 hourly jobs in place. The automaker plans to add 12,000 hourly positions at its facilities across the country by 2015.

The automaker's Michigan and Flat Rock Assembly Plants will receive $59.4 million and $161 million, respectively, with Flat Rock receiving new machinery and equipment necessary to produce the 2013 Ford Fusion. The company's Dearborn Stamping plant will receive the largest investment, with $305 million heading toward plant modernization and new press lines, though the Sterling Axle Plant, Van Dyke and Livonia Transmission facilities will all receive cash for various upgrades. You can take a look at the brief press release below for more information.
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Ford Is Investing More Than $773 Million Across Southeast Michigan Manufacturing Facilities to Support Growth

Ford is spending more than $773 million on new equipment and capacity expansions across six manufacturing facilities in southeast Michigan as it delivers on a commitment to invest $6.2 billion in U.S. plants by 2015.

The investments in Michigan will create 2,350 new hourly jobs and allow the company to retain an additional 3,240 hourly jobs.

Over the next six months, Ford will upgrade stamping operations at Michigan Assembly Plant and Dearborn Stamping Plant, as well as finalize work at Flat Rock Assembly Plant to produce the new Fusion



DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 27, 2012 – Ford Motor Company is spending more than $773 million on new equipment and capacity expansions across six manufacturing facilities in southeast Michigan as it delivers on a commitment to invest $6.2 billion in U.S. plants by 2015.

The investments in Michigan will create 2,350 new hourly jobs and allow the company to retain an additional 3,240 hourly jobs. The 2,350 new positions are part of the 12,000 hourly jobs that Ford is adding across the U.S. by 2015.

"Even as we wrap up an incredibly busy year of capacity expansions and product launches, we are continuing to look to the future," said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing. "These investments, many of which are already under way, will ensure our southeast Michigan manufacturing facilities can support our aggressive growth plans."

Expansion work at several plants started earlier this year to increase Ford's capacity to provide transmissions and axles to support growing demand for fuel efficient vehicles and F-Series pickup trucks.

In addition, over the next six months Ford will bring a new stamping press on line at Michigan Assembly Plant; install equipment for four new stamping presses at Dearborn Stamping Plant; and finish expansion work at Flat Rock Assembly Plant to produce the new Fusion next year.

Specifically, Ford is making investments at the following locations:


Michigan Assembly Plant - $59.4 million for stamping press line expansion

Dearborn Stamping Plant -$305 million for plant modernization, new press lines, scrap conveyor system and other machinery and equipment

Flat Rock Assembly - $161 million for machinery and equipment to assemble the new Ford Fusion and as an additional production facility

Sterling Axle Plant - $86 million for machinery and equipment investment to meet axle demand increase and future model changes

Van Dyke Transmission - $87.7 million for machinery and equipment investment to meet capacity expansions for 6F35 and 6F50 transmissions

Livonia Transmission - $74.7 million for machinery and equipment investment for transmission expansion and test equipment


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did she know her shirt was going to match the boxes the day the PR firm came to snap her pic?
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Right-wing nuts must HATE that manufacturing is coming back to the US. Those traitors like when US workers are down, because then Corporate America can hire them for pennies on the dollar of what they are actually worth.
        Ducman69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Yeah, that's why all the right wing nuts were so excited in the other post about NON-UNION manufacturing jobs coming to America. Righties just don't like the idea of a unionized work culture where unskilled workers are virtually immune from disciplinary action, compensation/advancement is based on seniority rather than actual work ethic and value to the company, and the destructive effect that has on the domestic industries. A "UAW infected" work force gives such a comparative disadvantage due to the low hourly productivity, low quality control, and very high compensation (after benefits, simple wrench turners end up costing more than engineers which hurts R&D/marketing/vehicle-content budgets to retain profitability etc), and we've seen the results of that. Or you can believe that conservatives just hate America and secretly all root for China to buy more of our debt. Furthermore,
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          Great scientific study. You can also go to the actual JD Power statistics and compare the Focus sedans that were built in the US by those built in Mexico. But even if union workers are able to create the same results, that's pretty sad considering you can hire ten Mexicans for the price of one UAW employee. A better comparison is to look at Toyotas and Hondas built right here in America by non-union American workers. Oops, they have a better hourly productivity rating with more realistic wages and benefits packages, and there hard work gets you advancement and raises, rather than just sitting on your ass and getting older as your contribution.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          So you don't like SUPPOSEDLY "unskilled" labor to be SUPPOSEDLY immune from disciplinary actions, and yet the unskilled buffoons that run Corporate America, who are predominantly Republicans, and drive these companies into the ground are completely and utterly immune to any repercussions thanks to their Golden Parachutes. If supposedly union labor is soooooo hurtful, then that is why Germany, Japan, and pretty much every other major automotive country has been using union labor for decades now and has been doing ti very successfully. And if supposedly union labor was sooooo hurtful, that is why when during America's Golden Age in the 50s and 60s, Union membership was double or even triple what it is now... and with that higher percent of union membership, so too was our standard of living. It is no coincidence that as one has fallen, so too had the other. The Right hates American workers - they want them to be working in the same unsafe, filthy environment as the people in China do. Republicans want to drive our standard of living down to the level that workers in this country make the same as the near slave-labor rates that works in China do. Republicans don't want to build this country up. They want to tear it down so corporate profits continue to rise, as worker salaries, benefits and working conditions continue to fall.
          buckfeverjohnson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          Hazdaz, Why would you talk about the 50's and 60's? America prospered because Europe and Asia were destroyed during the world wars. Now we have to compete. Look at the number of product offerings in the auto industry alone, and it is a very different landscape. Everything is more competitive and margins are smaller on almost every product. My friends and relatives with small businesses keep dividing market share with new arrivals every year. Big box retail is floundering. I agree that executive comp is a joke. But apparently it is a joke that shareholders like the punchline of.
          gtv4rudy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          I checked out the 2013 Ford Fusions now made in Mexico at a dealership recently and compared them to the Michigan built Fords like the F150s and Focus and those Fusions made in Mexico had some quality issues from the poor weather stripping assembly to uneven gaps in the body panels.
          Skicat
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          You can't prove your claim that UAW plants are less productive than foreign-owned U.S. plants because the data isn't there. THe Harbour Report, the only valid source for your claim went private in 2009 and there aren't any other resources. UAW wages and benefits for new workers are now comparable to non-union workers at Mercedes, Hyndai, Toyota, etc. And Honda is competitive at its UAW staffed plants. Sorry to upset your imaginary apple cart.
          buckfeverjohnson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          Skicat, There are no Honda-UAW plants according to this article. And there were quite a few articles about legacy costs adding $1600 to $2000/vehicle to Domestic-UAW plants. And why only talk about new UAW workers being competitive when we should look at the entire collective? http://www.freep.com/article/20121028/BUSINESS01/310280131/UAW-saw-an-opening-with-Honda-s-arrival
          vegasstyleguy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ducman69
          I'm going with your last paragraph.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        This has to be the most uneducated (opinion vs facts) post I have ever seen on here. Ford compared to rival GM did not take tax money (besides loans from banks backed by Gov a/k/s TARP) to remain afloat. Now they want to buy back Gov stocks much less then bought with tax money. So, tell me how is that "American?" Do you have a 401(k) of some sort? If so, I would check to see what mutual fund some of those stocks are in and see why companies want to run lean and mean. Obamacare mandate will sure suck up profits from bug and bad Corporations that want to pay dividends to stock holders. Not to insult your being, but facts vs opinion equals a win for facts.
        Scr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Then why are most of the biggest companies like GE and Apple run by liberal Democrats? GE has outsourced TONS of jobs from the US, and the CEO is on Obama's jobs board? Moron.
          vegasstyleguy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Scr
          The Black won (again), lol.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Scr
          Wow, you're stupid. Immelt is the current CEO of GE and he's a registered Republican. The CEO that proceeded him, was Jack Welch, and he too is a Republican. Both Cook and Jobs don't seem to be registered for either party, however Cook is the one that is bringing back the assembly of certain desktop Macs to the US. To think that someone needs to be the SAME party as the President to be on any of their boards (for any President), shows how clueless you are. In fact Obama has had more people from different the opposite party sit on different boards than just about any other President has.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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        Jason Krumvieda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        That is what you got out of this article? You read that the right wing hates jobs and Corporate America likes to pay people nothing? You are a grumpy and sad person that is looking to complain. What it really means is this is Ford's response to the Silverado or they planned on expanding because of the new right to work laws in Michigan.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        The difference between Ford and GM is when they ran out of money. Ford ran out of money while private lenders were still making loans. GM and Chrysler went broke during the credit crunch. Regardless, the bailout wasn't to reward bad behavior. It was to keep an economy on the brink from losing a key industry that is directly and indirectly responsible for millions of jobs and billions in the economy. Ford was actually in favor of the bailouts because without them suppliers they use would have gone under. In fact, Mulally said just that when he was testifying in front of Congress in support of the bailouts Why are none of these anti-GM, "gubmint motors" BS posts ever grounded in reality? I actually agree that we won't get all of our money back from GM, but the "shut them down now so we lose all our money instead of some of our money" argument is beyond imbecilic.
          Val
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          Oh, so it was the jobs, not the fact that GM had political influence and contributions to federal and state election campaigns... How about the fact that the only, ONLY reason those factories are there is that there is demand for cars, and that demand won't change at all if they change hands. If your local pork farm goes bankrupt, do you suddenly lose appetite for pork or what? Nobody in their right mind would leave perfectly good factories with a network of suppliers around them when there is demand for vehicles going up. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, the koreans, BMW, Mercedes, VW, all have factories in the US because it is more economical and saves them shipping and currency fluctuation expenses. It was a very good deal when GM bought Ope, SAAB and Daewoo (who went bankrupt in korea), when ford bought Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, when chrysler bought lamborghini and got their aluminum tech for the viper engine, but god forbid that somebody buys GM or individual factories. In fact, it could have been american investors who bought the assets, not foreigners, although it wouldn't have made any difference to the workers or the customers.
          Val
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          You mean the imaginary "reality" and propaganda that if GM folds, millions will lose their jobs, a claim that is not based on logic or facts?
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          @Val But they were speaking truth. Imagine the destruction of the suppliers that supply other companies like Ford, Honda, and Toyota. Imagine the businesses that depend on their products. Imagine the restaurants and stores that are supported by their workers money. Every domestic car plant would've been severely hurt and the company i work for, who makes AGV's for many companies like Chrysler, would've went under. Foreign companies would've moved in, car prices would go up, and our money would've went overseas even more.
          Val
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          Imagine there are flying elephants and talking dogs... Again, there are skilled workers, there are factories, there is a network of suppliers, please explain to yourself why these things would suddenly disappear if GM or individual brands and factories are sold off in an auction to the highest bidder? Why would car prices go up if foreign companies moved in? Are prices of hondas and toyotas or hyundais made in america higher than ford and chevrolet? The UK tried what you want, british layland was a huge company, the ran into trouble due to bad manegement and so on, the gubament decided not to let them fail and have people lose their jobs, they nationalized them, and people lost their jobs regardless, just at a huge expense to the taxpayer through the subsidies they received. Now there are no british-owned car companies over there (thanks in large part to GM and Ford), and the UK was making almost as many cars before the financial crisis as it was in the 70s. This year the value of exports surpassed the value of imports. If your money goes to buy a car made in an american plant paying wages to american workers, that then go to restaurants and all those other things you mentioned, how is the money going to leave the country again? Why is it OK for GM and Ford to be bleeding the german (opel and ford), british (vauxhall and ford), spanish (same thing) economy dry by having plants there, but it is a no-no for somebody else to own american manufacturing? Sounds like hypocrisy to me.
        Jmaister
        • 2 Years Ago
        just let GM bankrupt, they even cheat on quality for their premium sports cars. That's no way to build cars.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      2,350 new jobs in Michigan? Damn, that's the equivelent of over one hundred people in a non-union plant. Must mean business is on the up-and-up.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
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      Skicat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, those lazy, do nothin' UNION leaches forcing the compassionate Ford corporation person to WASTE its money when it could just make all its cars in China and sell them at Walmart. (For those unaccustomed to sarcasm, this is an example.) Yours truly, A Michigan Citizen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Skicat
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          Skicat
          • 2 Years Ago
          Naw. I think I'm downvoted by all the anti-union, anti-detroit trolls on AB who just don't get that the majority of UAW workers are not "pot-smokin-on-my-lunch-hour slugs who make $100 an hour for screwing on a nut." I work in the industry and have worked in manufacturing (in 1976 @ $4.25/hour). Today's assembly lines are safer and the work less dangerous, but repetitive-motion injuries are still a hazard and we should be a little more respectful of those who do jobs the rest of us won't so we can have our shiny new vehicles.
      icon149
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good to see Michigan new change to a right to work state is paying off and the auto makers returning to Michigan. Amazing what happens once the ability of the union to act as a parasite is limited.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icon149
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      JIM J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alan Mulally has stated his next goal for Ford is to reduce vehicle weight across the board by 10%. That would seem to mean a lot more aluminum and possibly carbon fiber content. At least a portion of that investment is probably in preparation for the coming change. He's worth every penny Ford is paying him.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats Ford! Bring more jobs back than ship over seas like most companies are doing still.
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      007 Vodka Martini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the UAW now require workers to wear clothing that matches reusable dunnage?
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 2 Years Ago
      The USD is weak so everyone is looking to decrease costs. You can pretend that is has to do with good and bad, conservative and liberal, black and white, but it only comes down to green. BMW is moving production here because it is cheaper to build here than build in Europe and import to US. Same with VW, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Toyota, etc. and their respective manufacturing bases. With no plans for austerity measures in the US, it is a good bet that we will print money and have a weak currency. And thus it is a good bet to invest in manufacturing facilities. Runaway inflation is around the corner.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Americans rejoice. Car jobs are coming back to your nation. Be Proud!
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