Ford Motor Co.’s 2015 F-150, with a design that uses aluminum, will lead to an additional multimillion-dollar investment in the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo. Plant manager Dan Jowiski said the new F-150 will require new equipment, tooling and process changes to the facility toward the end of this year.
The 2015 F-150 is 700 pounds lighter than the previous model, achieved by combining high-strength steel with military-grade aluminum alloys throughout the body.
The Kansas City Assembly Plant currently employs 4,425, including 1,000 employees added this week who will produce the all new Ford Transit Van. The company will add an additional 175 employees for Transit production by March, and likely another 800 at the end of the year for a second shift.