It’s been two years since the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant announced their expansion. It was in October of 2010 that plans to invest more than a billion dollars were declared. At that time, they also announced production of the Transit Van at their Claycomo plant.

Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Plant Manager Dan Jowiski:

Dan Jowiski

“Since that time, we’ve heavily invested in our new stamping facility. That stamping facility is required for us to build the actual sheet metal or body panels for our new Transit Van,” Jowiski said, “We have that press actually installed and in the preliminary phases of our pre-production tryouts.”

So far, the plant has produced 35 of the Transit vehicles, which are being used for testing. Ford has also added a third production shift to the Ford F-150 line.

“Beginning in June of this year, we began hiring 1,000 people. For that, plus the initial bringing on of people and onboarding of people for the new Transit. Going into next year, we’ll add another 1,000 people. Beginning early in January of next year.”

The plant currently employs about 3,500 workers.

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