Ford adds workers, investment to back MKC output

In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, file photo, an assemblyman makes final adjustments to a Ford Focus on the assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that doors won't latch properly on about 400,000 Ford Focus compact cars, according to information posted Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The probe covers cars from the 2012 and 2013 model years. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Ford has beefed up its workforce and investment at a Kentucky plant to support production of its new Lincoln SUV as the automaker looks to reinvigorate its luxury brand.

The company said Monday it added 300 workers and invested another $129 million in Louisville Assembly Plant, where Ford makes the Lincoln MKC and Ford Escape.

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Ford invested $600 million in 2010 to renovate the factory that churned out Explorers for decades until production was shifted elsewhere.

The updates gave the plant the flexibility to assemble multiple models at the same time without requiring downtime for tooling changeovers.

With the 300 new jobs, the plant’s hourly workforce has climbed to about 4,700.

MKC production began in May. It’s the second of four new Lincoln vehicles being introduced by 2016.


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