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Ford Adding 1,800 Jobs to Build New Escape
Fox News ^ | Dec. 9, 2010 | AP

Posted on 12/09/2010 11:41:43 AM PST by re_tail20

Ford is the latest U.S. automaker to announce it is hiring again.

Ford said Thursday it will add 1,800 workers at a plant in Louisville to build the Escape, the second best-selling small SUV in the U.S. after the Honda CR-V. The automaker is investing $600 million in the plant, which will be shut for a year while new equipment is installed so that Ford can build the Escape on a more fuel efficient car platform.

The plant currently employs 1,100 people on one shift and has been building the Ford Explorer mid-size SUV since 1989. Production of the Explorer is being moved to a plant in Chicago.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bailout; ford; jobs
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1 posted on 12/09/2010 11:41:46 AM PST by re_tail20
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To: re_tail20

How will Obama claim credit for this one?


2 posted on 12/09/2010 11:49:32 AM PST by Rio
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To: re_tail20

Cool. My wife has an 08 Escape, very nice car. Only complaint is the cloth seats stain WAY to easy.


3 posted on 12/09/2010 11:49:43 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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4 posted on 12/09/2010 11:50:34 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: brownsfan

i looked at them when i was buying a new car. went with a subaru forester and love it.


5 posted on 12/09/2010 11:53:58 AM PST by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Rio

Easy: He allowed them to remain in business — for now!
Tomorrow’s another day.


6 posted on 12/09/2010 11:53:58 AM PST by Dick Bachert (11/2 was a good start. Onward to '12. U Pubbies be strong or next time we send in the libertarians!)
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To: brownsfan
Cool. My wife has an 08 Escape, very nice car. Only complaint is the cloth seats stain WAY to easy.

The new Ford Escape, which is long overdue, is supposed to be a carbon copy of the Ford Kuga which is a Ford product sold in Europe.

To my eye, the Ford Kuga is butt ugly so I hope this is not the case.

7 posted on 12/09/2010 11:55:29 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: re_tail20
so that Ford can build the Escape on a more fuel efficient car platform

Oh, no; I have a 2001 Escape which I love, it gets 21 mpg on the highway, and it's built like a little tank; if they stick a flimsier chassis on it, they won't be anywhere near as solid as they have been. I was rear-ended on the freeway three years ago and had nearly $6,000 of damage to the Escape but didn't have a scratch on me. Ford should leave well enough alone!

8 posted on 12/09/2010 11:55:43 AM PST by 6323cd
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To: Rio

he saved/or created 1,800 jobs


9 posted on 12/09/2010 11:55:49 AM PST by sappy (criminalibs)
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To: re_tail20
This is the Ford Kuga a Euro Small SUV...

It is about the same size as the Escape. As Ford moves forward and they try to get platforms the same world wide, chances are the Kuga and Escape may become one design in the future.

I happened to go out to lunch with a Ford Employee last week and got to see a couple of these Kuga's in the Dearborn area. Ford doesn't bring Euro cars over to let the workers do Dem/Val drives like they used to years ago, they are penny pichers period. So that may lead you to ask why are these Kuga's here in the US?

10 posted on 12/09/2010 11:59:06 AM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: bravo whiskey
i looked at them when i was buying a new car. went with a subaru forester and love it.

I love the Forester too but I would not buy it because of one single thing. The fuel filler tube is on the right-hand side of the car. This is a no-go for me.

11 posted on 12/09/2010 12:00:06 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: bravo whiskey
went with a subaru forester and love it.

And your money went to Japan. Thanks a lot.

12 posted on 12/09/2010 12:09:05 PM PST by Moleman
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“And your money went to Japan. Thanks a lot.”

You really think that matters?

A lot of “foreign” cars are built in the US. My Acura was built in Marysville, Ohio. It employed lots more Americans than Mexico built GM cars.

The Escape is simply a rebadged Mazda Tribute.

Worried about where the money goes if you buy a foreign car? Buy stock in the company.


13 posted on 12/09/2010 12:15:01 PM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: re_tail20

I love my Ford Escape 160,000 miles and still going 4 wheel drive which is great for the 200 - 300 inches of snow that falls for the entire winter in the UP of Michigan. When this one goes I will get another one. The Kuga looks like the crossover, the Edge.


14 posted on 12/09/2010 12:20:15 PM PST by hondact200 ( Obama is Nuckin Futs!!!)
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To: taildragger
I owned a 2003 Escape 4x4 with 3.0L V6. Traded up for a 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid. If the Kuga is the replacement, I'll be shopping for something else when the Mariner needs to be replaced. It has that Fugly/Aztek look. Yuck. Some of the current model year offerings weren't terribly attractive and the prices are astronomical.
15 posted on 12/09/2010 12:45:02 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: 6323cd

We bought a 2001 Escape and loved it. Less than 2 weeks after we bought it, our almost 3 y.o. daughter managed to whack it with a hammer (not very well, thankfully). Other than that, we enjoyed driving it. Unfortunately, when I found out I was pregnant with baby #3 less than three years later, we had to trade it in on something bigger (2000 Ford Windstar), which I still drive today.


16 posted on 12/09/2010 12:51:36 PM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: taildragger
It is about the same size as the Escape

It looks smaller, about the size of a Focus. Ugly too.

Get used to smaller cars with 4 cylinder engines, the new CAFE standards will force car makes in that direction.

Larger cars will get lots more expensive too.

17 posted on 12/09/2010 12:59:19 PM PST by rllngrk33 (0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
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To: brownsfan

Actually the Maazda is a rebadged Escape. Your Acura was made in Ohio, the Subaru I referenced was made in Japan which is still partialy an axis of evil.


18 posted on 12/09/2010 1:00:37 PM PST by Moleman
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To: re_tail20

Did I read this right? The plant is going to be closed for a year,(putting 1100 workers out of a job?), then bringing all those people back, plus adding another 1,88 hundred workers?

Wow.


19 posted on 12/09/2010 1:00:37 PM PST by khenrich (And people thought Jimmy Carter was our worst president........)
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To: Myrddin
Seems to be the latest design mantra;

"Make it ugly and more expensive."

20 posted on 12/09/2010 1:02:14 PM PST by de.rm (Bang, bang, . . bang. Shhh=Bush, the elder, E. Howard Hunt, LBJ, Mrs, Edgar Hoover)
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