Dearborn, Michigan – Two days after announcing it would cut 10% of its white-collar management and support staff, Ford Motor Co. officials said they would invest $350 million in the company’s Livonia Transmission Plant near Detroit to add a new transmission.
The investment will retain as many as 800 hourly jobs and could create some new ones. Any new jobs would come in 2018 and 2019.
“We remain committed to American manufacturing and investing in our people and facilities,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Even as the industry’s largest employer of hourly workers in the United States and biggest producer of American-made vehicles, we believe it is important to continue investing right here in our home market.”
The investment in Livonia Transmission Plant is in addition to $1.4 billion and 500 created or retained hourly jobs announced for the plant in 2016 to support production of a 10-speed transmission for the 2017 F-150 Raptor and certain other F-150 trucks.
“Today’s announcement of investment at the Livonia Transmission Plant is further evidence of the benefits of collective bargaining and the ongoing commitment of UAW-Ford to lead the way in creating and maintaining automotive manufacturing jobs in America,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president. “The addition of these 800 jobs will add job security for the plant’s hardworking men and women, and support for the surrounding community.”
Ford officials have not detailed the new transmission, other than to say it’s for front-wheel-drive vehicles, unlike the rear-wheel-drive model for trucks. It will share software, design elements, and manufacturing processes with the 10-speed.
Livonia Transmission Plant employs approximately 1,800 people. It builds six-speed and 10-speed transmissions used in a number of vehicles including Mustang, F-150, Transit, and Expedition.