Ford spending $773M on Mich. plants, adding jobs

Ford spending $773M to grow 6 Michigan plants, adding 2,350 factory jobs in the state

Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford is spending about $773 million to expand six Michigan manufacturing plants while adding 2,350 factory jobs in the state, part of a broader investment plan announced last year.

Ford Motor Co., which is based in Dearborn, Mich., aims to invest $6.2 billion in U.S. facilities and add 12,000 factory jobs across the country by 2015.

The expansion should help increase manufacturing of transmissions and axles as demand grows for fuel-efficient cars and F-Series pickup trucks, Ford said Thursday. The automaker also wants to finish work at a plant that will make the new Fusion sedan.

The company's North American region has been profitable for three years after a grueling restructuring, during which it cut thousands of jobs, closed plants and accelerated development of new autos, like the Focus sedan.

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