Ford Returning Work To U.S. Plants
Ford has already brought some 1,340 jobs back into 24 of its plants, assembling parts that otherwise would have been made by outside companies. By 2012, the company plans to bring back another 635 jobs. Among the factories receiving the jobs are those located in Chicago; Sharonville, Ohio, near Cincinnati; and Wayne, Ypsilanti Township, and Sterling Heights, Mich., near Detroit. The UAW has worked with Ford "closely on a more competitive agreement that helped us create the business case for moving more work back to Ford facilities, and back to America," said Ford Americas President Mark Fields at an auto industry conference held today in Traverse City, Mich.
Those jobs being returned to the U.S. include gas-electric hybrid transmission components, which are being brought in from Japan; battery pack assembly from Mexico; steel forging from India; and transmission gear machining from Japan. By returning this work to its U.S. facilities, Ford can make sure the work adheres to its quality standards.
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