Ford started production of its Transit van in the Kansas City assembly plant, with one shift that added 900 jobs, and expects to add a second shift later this year with an additional 800 to 1,000 employees. Depending on demand, there could eventually be even more. The Transit, new to North America, will replace Ford’s E-series vans, the best-selling commercial vans in the United States.
At the Claycomo plant the company already makes the F-150 pickup truck, also a best seller.
Just a few years ago, the F-150 was down to one shift, and production of the the Ford Escape SUV was moved to a Kentucky plant. Now the F-150 is running three shifts and the Transit has arrived. Ford invested $1.1 billion in the plant, which is now up to 5,100 employees. State incentives and successful union negotiations helped make it happen.