Skip to comments.Ford Adding 1,800 Jobs to Build New Escape
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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How will Obama claim credit for this one?
Cool. My wife has an 08 Escape, very nice car. Only complaint is the cloth seats stain WAY to easy.
i looked at them when i was buying a new car. went with a subaru forester and love it.
Easy: He allowed them to remain in business — for now!
Tomorrow’s another day.
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.
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!
he saved/or created 1,800 jobs
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?
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.
And your money went to Japan. Thanks a lot.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
"Make it ugly and more expensive."
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.
Versus China to pay off the loans?
I had to laugh... LOL good one, sad but true
“This is the Ford Kuga a Euro Small SUV...”
That looks remarkably like the current Toyota RAV4!
“the plant, which will be shut for a year while new equipment is installed”
A lot can happen in a year.
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.
Those workers are expected to migrate along with the SUV they currently build.
I'm not sure either one can claim original ownership. They both use a Taurus-derived drive train on a modified Mazda 626 chassis.
You are certainly correct there, at least for now.
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....
That closed-loop system they use for deciding when to send power the rear wheels on the 4WD models is kind of interesting, too.
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.
It’s specifically a member of the Council On Foreign Relations
It was Ford Motor Credit that got a helping hand.
You’re right. I stand corrected.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
Will we all go skipping through the park tossing daisies?
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