Ford adding 2,000 jobs to make 2017 aluminum-body Super Duty

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 Motor Co. says it’s adding 2,000 jobs and investing $1.3 billion at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville to build the new aluminum-body Super Duty truck.

Company officials were joining Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer for an announcement at the plant Tuesday.

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The company said in a news release ahead of the announcement that it will add a new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the 2017 models.

Ford invested $80 million at the plant in 2014 to meet demand for Super Duty trucks and $129 million to support production of the Lincoln MKC SUV at the Louisville Assembly Plant.

The Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, and Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.


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