Ford has announced a hefty $80 million investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant, which is responsible for building the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 versions of the Super Duty pickup. The influx of cash will add 350 jobs to the factory.

The investment is also good for a 15-percent increase in annual production thanks to retooling and other facility upgrades, which equates to an extra 55,000 units of production. Considering that Ford makes even more money off its Super Duty than it does on the hot-selling F-150, this could mean some serious coin to Ford's bottom line.

Hop below for the full press release from Ford on its latest investment.
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Ford Invests $80 Million, Creates 350 Jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant to Meet Surging Demand for F-Series Super Duty Trucks

Ford will invest $80 million and add 350 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant to increase production by an estimated 15 percent to satisfy customer demand

$80 million investment supports facility upgrades, retooling and significant automation improvements in the body and paint shops

With the production increase in 2014, Kentucky Truck Plant will build the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty since the truck's introduction in 1999


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 30, 2014 – Ford Motor Company, the industry's truck leader, will add 350 new jobs and invest $80 million in its Kentucky Truck Plant to meet growing demand for Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks.

The $80 million will pay for facility upgrades, retooling and increased capacity to meet market demand. The investment and new employment opportunities are estimated to result in a 15 percent increase in production capacity, or approximately 55,000 units.

"Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America's best-selling truck for 37 years running," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. "Building on more than 100 years of manufacturing in Kentucky, we are proud to expand our profitable growth in the region as a result of our leadership in trucks and SUVs."

Kentucky Truck Plant
Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. With the production increase in 2014, the plant will build the 5-millionth Ford F-Series Super Duty. The truck was introduced in 1999.

"We are happy to be adding new jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant, because we know the impact these jobs will have on the local community," said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. "It's especially rewarding to know these jobs come as a result of customer demand. It shows customers understand and appreciate the dedication our UAW Ford workers put into delivering top-quality products like Ford F-Series Super Duty."

Ford began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees. Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, covers 6 million square feet and employs close to 4,000 people.

"This is a great day to be both 'Ford Tough' and a Kentuckian," said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. "For more than a century, Ford has created quality vehicles and quality jobs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I'm looking forward to seeing even more Kentucky-made Ford F-Series pickups on the roads, and more Kentuckians back to work as a result of this investment."


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      thumerzs
      • 10 Months Ago
      My old F250 was a great truck, but Ford hit the Superduties with an ugly stick back in the mid 2000's and we're still forced to buy that Tonka truck only-a-mother-could-love face that's been offered since way back then. The truck is way overdue for a complete redesign. Next to competitors - and certainly the F-150 it just seems old and tired. I've also heard complaints about them starting to use cheaper steering/suspension parts on the newer trucks which are wearing prematurely. Ford shouldn't go backwards on quality. I'd like to see a smaller gas engine offered to save on MPG's for those of us who need the suspension capacity but not necessarily the huge towing capacities everybody is trying to boast about these days. If aluminum saves on gas (and rust) without a huge price increase, I'd say bring it on!
      Terry Actill
      • 10 Months Ago
      You have Bill Ford talking out of his backside about the environmental friendliness of his company then this. He's a bug eyed liar. I
        Walt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Terry Actill
        Try towing 20,000 pounds of farm equipment with your Prius. Get back to us on how that works out.
          stonehunte
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Walt
          Really Technoir? Could you please cite your statistics? I didn't think so....
          stonehunte
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Walt
          Terry, I'm sure metrosexual city guys like you have no use for an F-250; however, a lot of people use these for work everyday. Just because you see one in the mall parking lot, doesn't mean it isn't used for work. Most people can only afford one vehicle and if they need the capability of an F-250 some of the time, then they end up having to drive one all of the time. If it wasn't for the F-250 driving type of men in this world, you wouldn't have the roads to drive your ferry fart sipping prius on or the office building in which you stay planted in a cube farm all day.
          Technoir
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Walt
          90% of F250 are NEVER used for work. Stop using the work excuse, that has been debunked ages ago.
          Terry Actill
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Walt
          If you use it for WORK then fine. I don't drive a Prius. Let's see you getting 55pmg with your truck.
          Beebe
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Walt
          Stonehunte hit the nail on the head. There aren't many people driving an f-250 truck that don't need the capability at least some of the time. Smaller trucks may be a different story, but most people don't exactly enjoy paying the premium price of the truck, premium price of tires, brakes, insurance, fuel, and all the other associated costs. I'm lucky enough to have an f-250 and another vehicle, so I ONLY drive it when I need it.
          stonehunte
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Walt
          I never said I drive an F-250 dumbass, but I do drive a car. I'm sick of hearing pantywaist like you cry and moan about people driving big trucks. You don't understand it, because you've never had a need for one. Maybe you don't drive a prius, but there is a good chance your car came with a dental dam.
        Jarda
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Terry Actill
        i doubt this can come out of an adult person's mouth/brain... please say you are 8yrs old
        Dean Hammond
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Terry Actill
        actually terry, the air coming out of the exhaust of the 6.7 diesel is cleaner than the air ingested....regardless, it sounds like you have never owned a pickup, theres really nothing market wide that can compare with its capabilities, 5th wheel, tVs, Fridges, towing hauling...you name it....
          Dean Hammond
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          its actually factual Terry...and ease up on the "snippiness"....
          Terry Actill
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          @Dean Hammond. I suggest you suck on the end of the tailpipe of that 6.7 diesel and video it.
      Andrew
      • 10 Months Ago
      Can't sew why anyone would buy thus pos super dooty the GM HD trucks are far superior and you can't beat the Allison Durimax combo
        mitytitywhitey
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        "My HD truck can tow an oil tanker!" "Yeah, well my HD truck can tow an aircraft carrier!" Seriously, all the Big 3 big trucks are 3x as capable as they were 15 years ago; you really can't go wrong with any of them. It makes troll comments like yours so ridiculous it is funny.
        Dean Hammond
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        check sales numbers Andrew, the Allison Duramax combo CAN be beaten....by quite a margin too, consumers, Municipalities have made the choice which they consider preferable.........
        jtav2002
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        What are you sewing?
        Walt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Heavy duty truck with an independent front suspension = fail. Ford Forever.
        Greg Aryous
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        That's why Fords marketshare of the HD truck market is 50% and even Ram has more share than GM... It's well known by workers that Ford SD is the best truck...!
        Jarda
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        > you can't beat the Allison Durimax combo Except when in reality.
        S.
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        @Andrew I got dumber reading your comment.
      nocommie11
      • 10 Months Ago
      Every time news comes out that makes environmentalists hyperventilate is good.
        Terry Actill
        • 10 Months Ago
        @nocommie11
        Why would it be good? Because you enjoy disparaging the efforts of people who try to draw the public attention to what is happening to our society and surroundings? You sound a mean spirited individual like most right wing turds.
          nocommie11
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Because environmentalists hate people, hate cars, hate progress, but most importantly are more about hysterical over-exaggeration and not about practical solutions and reason.
          stonehunte
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Right wing turds? Do you mean people who think for themselves and don't believe everything they see on TV like the idiots that voted for Obama? I'm sure you think global warming is settled science as well....wow you liberals never fail to amaze me by who ignorant you can be.
          Terry Actill
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Terry Actill
          @stonehunte. I knew it. Just another Fox news zombie who "thinks" he knows it all. And nocommie is plainly retarded.
          stonehunte
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Terry Actill
          Its okay to lose an argument Terry, don't feel so down on yourself. When fact is involved in a debate a liberal will rarely win.
          stonehunte
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Terry Actill
          I don't watch fox news, but I'm guessing you watch plenty of MSNBC. I love how you guys constantly attack conservatives for watching fox news, but you have no problem with every other major media outlet slanting steeply to the left. Fox is smart and is capitalizing on a whole in the market. I am no zombie I am educated and research the topics for myself. Any body with half a brain can see that liberals are full of **** and base their decisions on emotion and not on fact.
      Greg Aryous
      • 10 Months Ago
      This capacity increase does 2 things for Ford: 1- covers capacity shortage of F150 during aluminum Chang over to keep marketshare 2- quiet preparation for new gen SD truck also going to all aluminum body in 1-2 years Notice the upgrades to the 2015 SD were all mechanical and no body changes...!
      Scooter
      • 10 Months Ago
      Completely random comment... I really hate when these things drive behind you at night, its like stadium lights shining into your car.
        TsarBomba
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        Yep, especially if you're in a car that sits low. I wish they'd incorporate headlight technology that could detect a vehicle in front, and change the projection angle toward the pavement. Or maybe I need to buy a car with rear glass that self-dims when bright light hits it...
        over9000
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Scooter
        no different than people putting HID bulbs in halogen housing
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 10 Months Ago
      You really have to pay more attention to your 'headlines'!! They are increasing the production CAPACITY by 15%. Doesn't mean that they will use all of the capacity right away.
      Cyrus Brooks
      • 10 Months Ago
      Not surprising since the new F-150 is gaining a light weight aluminum body those who need a work truck are probably opting to buy an F-250 instead.
        Dean Hammond
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Cyrus Brooks
        you do realize that if anything the f-150s tow ratings and payloads will be INCREASING right?....Im not sure if you were inferring because of the move to Aluminium that capacities will be compromised...its actually the opposite...
          EXP Jawa
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Dean, he's probably implying that core buyers will run scared from the aluminum on the F150. So, they'll buy 250s instead. Personally, I think that once its been established that new construction hasn't had a significant impact on the truck's functionality, those buyers won't care what its made out of. Some folks might be hesitant to be early adopters, but I doubt it'll really be a big deal since many of the F150 buyers are light duty users anyway. I am curious, though, how long it'll take the Superduty to adopt the aluminum bodywork. We have to know its coming; Superduty has evolved the same platform it launched on in '99, but a thorough update has to be in the works. Ford has already said that the aluminum will spread...
          Dean Hammond
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          EXP.....Aluminum has NOT been penciled in for the Superduty yet....Ive been wondering what exactly happened to the rumored nano steel....
      over9000
      • 10 Months Ago
      and people are complaining about gas prices
      stonehunte
      • 10 Months Ago
      All of you hippies complaining about these using a lot of fuel. You do realize the diesel averages about 17 MPG now don't you? That's similar to many mid size SUVs that weigh significantly less.
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