Ford begins production of new F-150 at KC plant

More than $1 billion in investments and years of planning, training and hiring will begin to bear fruit today at the Ford Motor Co. assembly plant in Claycomo. The automaker was expected to begin producing its new, aluminum F-150 pickup truck at its Kansas City Assembly Plant this morning.

Ford added a third shift and 900 jobs to produce the new pickup, which is 700 pounds lighter and more fuel-efficient than previous F-150 models. The plant shut down production temporarily as it was overhauled in preparation for the new truck.

The carmaker’s plant in Dearborn, Mich., began producing the truck earlier this year.

A variety of dignitaries were expected to attend a ceremony today at the Claycomo plant, including Gov. Jay Nixon; Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas; and Jimmy Settles, United Auto Workers vice president and director of its national Ford department.

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