With increased demand for its Super Duty line of pickup trucks, Ford has announced it will expand production at the Kentucky Truck Plant. The expansion project will cost Ford about $80 million dollars and create 350 new jobs at the plant. Ford says that the money is going toward upgrading the plant’s facilities, retooling equipment and performing other tasks that will help increase production. The investment is estimated to generate 15 percent more Heavy Duty pickups each year, or about 55,000 units.
Ford will be rolling out a new generation of the Super Duty truck for the 2015 model year, which is partially driving the decision to step up production. The company says it will be the most capable pickup truck it has ever produced. Chief among the truck’s new features is the second generation of the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8, which is paired with an even larger turbocharger than before. The Super Duty line will achieve greater fuel economy while also providing more towing capacity and engine output than before.
“Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America’s best-selling truck for 37 years running. Building on more than 100 years of manufacturing in Kentucky, we are proud to expand our profitable growth in the region as a result of our leadership in trucks and SUVs,” explained Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas.
The Kentucky Truck Plant produces the entire Ford Super Duty line, which includes the F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 pickups. Also assembled at the plant are the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. Because of the increased production volume, Ford anticipates the 5 millionth vehicle will be produced at the plant in 2014. The plant employs around 4,000 salaried and hourly employees.