Ford is investing $400 million in its Kansas City, Missouri, assembly facility to install a new body shop, tooling, and other upgrades. Production of the Ford Escape will also move from the Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky to Kansas City. The expansion will retain 3,750 jobs.
"This investment and promise of a new vehicle to be built in Kansas City reinforces Ford's commitment to U.S. manufacturing and American jobs," said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. "Investing in our plants, products, and people is critical to Ford's ability to compete with the best in the business. Ford is committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the United Auto Workers, to remain competitive."
Ford worked closely with Gov. Jay Nixon and the Missouri State Legislature to pass the 2010 Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act. This legislation provides tax incentives for certified automotive manufacturers that commit to new investments and job retention in Missouri and suppliers who create new jobs in the state.