FordFord Motor (F) plans to spend $850 million during the next three years to improve and expand plants in Michigan that will result in in 1,200 new full-time jobs, the automaker said Monday.

The capital improvements are part of the company's plan to upgrade its facilities in the state, increase the number of employees involved in engineering and manufacturing and further improve vehicle fuel economy, Ford said in statement.

"Fuel economy and technology are consumers' biggest priorities -- and we have made them Ford's as well," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas.

Of the 1,200 jobs to be created, Ford said about 900 jobs will be hourly positions in Michigan plants while the remaining 300 will be salaried positions within the automaker's engineering and manufacturing operations.

Ford said the plan relies on a package of tax incentives that Michigan economic-development officials will consider this week. Once approved, the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker expects to allocate its $850 million investment across several facilities, including its Van Dyke Transmission, Sterling Axle, Livonia Transmission and Dearborn Truck plants.

At Livonia and Van Dyke, for example, Ford plans to build new six-speed transmissions that will appear in all future Ford vehicles. The transmissions will play a key role in helping Ford to increase fuel efficiency across all its vehicle segments.

Ford previously said it plans to spend $950 million to revamp its Michigan Assembly plant to build a new version of the Focus compact car, due in dealer showrooms early next year. An electric-version of the Focus as well as next generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles are also all planned for production at the plant by 2012.

The plant, in the Detroit suburb of Wayne, once produced the large Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs.





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eteeuwe

Thats nothing. Obama's Gub'mint Motors spent Billions building Plants and creating jobs in Mexico and China...... with YOUR Tax Dollars!!! Now THATS Change You Can Believe In!!!

October 26 2010 at 6:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
macster199

sounds like ford and several other companies have used the system once again to convince people they were hurting and got several thousand people to give up their jobs to save the company and help cut costs after all that they still give big bous executive checks and make more money than ever typical american company piss on the little man

October 26 2010 at 4:15 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
mikfete58

Hooray for FORD, a REAL American company!

October 26 2010 at 12:52 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
calcolby

Phoney stuff!

October 26 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
joejagent

I have two made in USA Mustangs that were delivered with zero defects. Two years and nothing but routine oil changes, etc. Great cars. The newer ones may even be better.

October 26 2010 at 12:31 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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themanindbox

Must have been custom made... i have an 09 GT, with the roush kit. the 3-valve is from italy, the tranny T-5 is from mexico... not knocking it, i love my car, but it "aint no" toyota. quality is generations better then the 90's fox body, but it still has its typical usdm quirks. I garage it and drive an old toyota all winter. would have bought a focus or a escort, but i couldnt find one that was any good. 215K miles on my yoda and still going.

October 26 2010 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
theronret

Good for Ford! Bad thing is Detroit is a cesspool to live in! Destroyed houses and Ghettos within sight of the GM Buildings. Looks like a War Zone. Sad! Nobody in their right mind would move there because of the Crime rate, regardless of the jobs IMHO! Oh well........

October 25 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Gary VanDeCar

So who says you have to live In Detroit? Get real I'm originally from a detroit suburb and I had the best childhood any one could ask for! The Detroit Metro Area is one of the most elite areas In the Intire nation with some of the best schools in the country i would move back there In a heart beat If I could find a job there!!!

October 26 2010 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
themanindbox

Thats what happends when all the real american jobs are shipped over seas. Detroit looks that way because of the Government and there lack of help to support its own people. US Gov would rather help the people in south africa then the people here. It looks better on paper for them. Detroit could be saved if we would spend our billions of tax dollars on the people and not the companies who have left the people dry. Like the GM corp and the area of Detroit that surrounds it. Detroit, Cleveland, Michigan City, all are poor poor areas. But again, it is from the steel being cheaper to import, hell lets just build more walmarts and give people 6.50 an hour and then ask, why is it ghetto there?

October 26 2010 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwimberly5

Ford is the best.Screw the rest.

October 25 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Donald A Largen

What a deal, Build transmissions here ship them to Mexico to be used in Ford's assembly plants.At least it's better than nothing for job creation.

October 25 2010 at 10:01 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
woodbrige

I commend Ford for recognizing its birth place. Michigan can and will continue to make Ford a success. Dating back to the Village Industries Program, Ford has supported investment in the USA

October 25 2010 at 9:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
hirdgunn

I applaud Ford for throwing a lifeline to the American worker. Now if only the Union doesn't screw it up with unreasonable demands maybe this can be the beginning of a manufacturing renaissance in the US.

October 25 2010 at 9:49 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply