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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

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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To: re_tail20

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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To: Moleman

“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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To: 6323cd
I used to own a 1998 Explorer. A few years ago, I was sitting at a red light when a Lincoln Town Car and a Cadillac El Dorado collided in the middle of the intersection. The Lincoln went airborne and slammed into me on the front driver's side corner. The impact was hard enough that my Explorer was shoved sideways almost ten feet.

The damage to my Explorer was just over $7800, but I walked away with just a bruised knee from having it resting against the door when the Town Car hit me.

21 posted on 12/09/2010 1:03:39 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Democrats: "You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.")
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To: Moleman
And your money went to Japan. Thanks a lot.

Versus China to pay off the loans?

22 posted on 12/09/2010 1:03:47 PM PST by khenrich (And people thought Jimmy Carter was our worst president........)
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To: khenrich
Versus China to pay off the loans?

I had to laugh... LOL good one, sad but true

23 posted on 12/09/2010 1:18:56 PM PST by Moleman
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To: taildragger

“This is the Ford Kuga a Euro Small SUV...”

Hmmm....
That looks remarkably like the current Toyota RAV4!


24 posted on 12/09/2010 1:42:49 PM PST by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: re_tail20

“the plant, which will be shut for a year while new equipment is installed”

A lot can happen in a year.


25 posted on 12/09/2010 1:55:45 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: re_tail20

Buy some Ford stock it’s a good stock at $16+.No I’m not a broker I just know Ford Motor Company. That name on their building is not going to change.


26 posted on 12/09/2010 1:59:47 PM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: khenrich

Those workers are expected to migrate along with the SUV they currently build.


27 posted on 12/09/2010 2:00:27 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Moleman
Actually the Maazda is a rebadged Escape.

I'm not sure either one can claim original ownership. They both use a Taurus-derived drive train on a modified Mazda 626 chassis.

28 posted on 12/09/2010 2:01:16 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

You are certainly correct there, at least for now.


29 posted on 12/09/2010 2:08:25 PM PST by Moleman
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To: tacticalogic

It’s more complicated than that.

The Escape/Mariner/Tribute uses a heavily modified Mazda 626 chassis, combined with a 2.5L Duratec (Joint Mazda/Ford design) or a 3.0L Duratec (which debuted on the 1996 Taurus) for an engine... For a transmission, you get either a manual from who-knows-where or an automatic that was a GM/Ford Joint Venture....


30 posted on 12/09/2010 2:21:04 PM PST by eraser2005
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To: eraser2005

That closed-loop system they use for deciding when to send power the rear wheels on the 4WD models is kind of interesting, too.


31 posted on 12/09/2010 2:40:13 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Rio

Ford Motor Company, which Rush pointed out did get a cash infusion from the Obama stimulations, is supported by the New World Order, of which it is an official member, as well as by the UAW.


32 posted on 12/09/2010 3:04:24 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

It’s specifically a member of the Council On Foreign Relations


33 posted on 12/09/2010 3:06:58 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

It was Ford Motor Credit that got a helping hand.


34 posted on 12/09/2010 3:08:59 PM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: KYGrandma

You’re right. I stand corrected.


35 posted on 12/09/2010 3:11:04 PM PST by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: KYGrandma

And Toyota Motor Credit and Honda Motor Credit, and Nissan, etc...

Pretty much every credit division of every car company got access to commercial paper through the Federal Reserve.

And the Federal Reserve made a profit on every last one of those loans.


36 posted on 12/10/2010 9:12:14 AM PST by eraser2005
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To: re_tail20

“Ford said Thursday it will add 1,800 workers at a plant in Louisville to build the Escape”

I bet they get over 1 million job applications.


37 posted on 12/10/2010 9:16:13 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: brownsfan
A lot of “foreign” cars are built in the US. My Acura was built in Marysville, Ohio.

For about the 10,000th time. These Cars are "assembled" here in the US. Most of the jobs created by the Japanese and others are low-tech final assembly. Many people are foolish enough to believe working for Toyota is no different from working at GM or Ford.

WRONG.

This is what a lot of very stupid and foolish people have been led to believe. Only the most naive and foolish people believe it's not essential have have domestic companies building our major transportation vehicles.
38 posted on 12/10/2010 4:07:01 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: brownsfan
A lot of “foreign” cars are built in the US. My Acura was built in Marysville, Ohio.

For about the 10,000th time. These Cars are "assembled" here in the US. Most of the jobs created by the Japanese and others are low-tech final assembly. Many people are foolish enough to believe working for Toyota is no different from working at GM or Ford.

WRONG.

This is what a lot of very stupid and foolish people have been led to believe. Only the most naive and foolish people believe it's not essential have have domestic companies building our major transportation vehicles.
39 posted on 12/10/2010 4:08:26 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: Rebelbase

Ford is not adding 1800 jobs. There are already 1100 employees working there. They will only add additional jobs if they go to three shifts, and that depends on sales. The DH is a Ford retiree and works as a supplier rep now. Almost all the news about the Kuga coming to Louisville has been overblown.


40 posted on 12/10/2010 5:01:01 PM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: truthguy

“For about the 10,000th time. These Cars are “assembled” here in the US. Most of the jobs created by the Japanese and others are low-tech final assembly. “

And those low tech assembly jobs are better or worse than the final assembly GM does in Mexico?

Screw GM, I wouldn’t buy a new one unless they were giving them away.


41 posted on 12/12/2010 9:18:15 AM PST by brownsfan (D - swift death of the republic, R - lingering death for the republic.)
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To: truthguy
Only the most naive and foolish people believe it's not essential have have domestic companies building our major transportation vehicles.

Will we all go skipping through the park tossing daisies?

42 posted on 12/12/2010 9:36:10 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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