Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Company has completed a US$200 million retooling of its plant in Louisville, Kentucky for production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator alongside the F-Series Super Duty pickup. The vehicles were previously produced in a plant in Wayne, Michigan that will begin production of the next-generation Ford Focus in 2010.
“We are moving very quickly to transform our manufacturing operations to allow us to respond to consumer demand,” said Jim Tetreault, vice-president of Ford’s North American manufacturing. “We were able to swiftly retool Kentucky Truck with a flexible body shop, which sets the stage for the transformation of Michigan Assembly Plant.”
The new flexible body shop came to Kentucky Truck from a closed Ford assembly plant in Norfolk, with additional components brought in from Michigan Assembly. The changeover took about seven weeks, and included an incentives package passed by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to help Ford make the $200 million investment.
The plant has added a second trim shop, along with third shifts in the body, paint and stamping to handle the increased production. Approximately 450 employees were brought in from Louisville Assembly and the former Michigan Truck Plant. The plant now employees approximately 4,000 workers.