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Ford has confirmed an all-new electric commercial vehicle for Ford Pro customers which will be produced at is plant in Ohio and will debut mid-decade. It’s also announced plans to invest $3.7 billion and add more than 6,200 new union manufacturing jobs at its plants in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri.
The investment and jobs support the company’s strategy to produce two million electric vehicles a year globally by the end of 2026.
Ford says it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to continuously improve the workplace experience for manufacturing employees. As a result of discussions with the UAW union, Ford is taking steps to identify and address the top wants and needs of employees.
Potential enhancements include better access to healthy food, new EV chargers in plant parking lots, better lighting in parking lots and more.
Ford President and CEO, Jim Farley, says: “We’re investing in American jobs and our employees to build a new generation of incredible Ford vehicles and continue our Ford+ transformation. Transforming our company for the next era of American manufacturing requires new ways of working, and together with UAW leadership, we are leading the way and moving fast to make improvements to benefits for our hourly employees and working conditions for our factory teams.”
“In many ways, Ford is America’s automaker and our relationship with the UAW is essential to our success,” adds Kumar Galhotra, president, Ford Blue. “Our frontline manufacturing employees are the key to delivering what our customers want more of – amazing new electric vehicles like the F-150 Lightning as well as must-have internal combustion-powered vehicles like the forthcoming all-new Mustang coupe.”
Based in Dearborn, Michigan, Ford employs about 182,000 people worldwide.