Ford Motor Company just announced its biggest salaried hiring initiative in more than a decade.
Adam Rubenfire, an editorial intern at Automotive News, has been tweeting about the company's HR briefing. Based on his tweets, the hirings are for positions based in Michigan.
Ford's spokesperson Jake Dylik tells Business Insider that consumer demand has pushed the automaker to increase hiring from 2,200 people to 3,000.
"The key areas we’re hiring for include product development, engineering, IT, and quality manufacturing," he said. "Eighty percent of the hires will be for product development, engineering and IT, and 20% will be for quality manufacturers."
"We’re trying to hire for this year. We’ve already hired 1500 people, and we’ve got 1500 more to go."
Ford is planning to keep 85-90% of the positions in Michigan, with the remaining spanning various locations across the U.S.
The news comes amidst a whirlwind of media attention around Detroit's recent civil bankruptcy filing, in which Dylik said that " a strong Detroit is critical for a strong Michigan."
"Southeast Michigan is a great place to live and work, there’s an affordable cost of living, premiere schools and universities, great lifestyle events. The city of Detroit has a difficult job ahead, but we’re optimistic that its leaders will do what is necessary to bring it back."
Below are Rubenfire's tweets:
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