Commercial Van Production Begins At KC Assembly Plant

Chris DeRosier/Missouri Business Alert
Ford has begun production of its new Transit van at its Kansas City-area plant. | Chris DeRosier/Missouri Business Alert

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.

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