Ford Motor plans to spend $400 million to overhaul its assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo., after production of the current version of the Ford Escape compact SUV moves to another facility, the automaker said Tuesday.

The move ensures that some 3,750 workers at the Kansas City plant will continue to have jobs. In addition to the Escape, the plant also produces the Ford F-150 pickup truck on a separate line.

Ford (F) said it plans to upgrade the Missouri plant to accommodate production of a new vehicle to be named at a later date. Escape production will be shifted to Ford's Louisville Assembly plant in Kentucky later this year.

"This investment and promise of a new vehicle to be built in Kansas City reinforces Ford's commitment to U.S. manufacturing and American jobs," Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, said in a statement. "Ford is committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the United Auto Workers, to remain competitive."

No More "Us Against Them," UAW Says

The announcement comes as Ford and Detroit's two other automakers are about to begin negotiating a new contract with the UAW. Union President Bob King said last week that the UAW has embraced "radical change" and dispensed with its "us against them" mentality in negotiating with management of domestic automakers, but he labeled foreign-based car companies that operate nonunion plants in the U.S. as human-rights violators.

The Kansas City plant is the fourth plant in North America that Ford has overhauled or plans to as it seeks to reinvigorate its vehicle lineup to better compete against foreign makes.

Lawmakers in Missouri last year approved legislation that makes manufacturers such as Ford eligible for tax incentives should they meet certain investment and job-creation goals in the state.

In December, Ford announced plans to rehab the Louisville plant to build the next-generation Ford Escape that will ultimately result in an additional 1,800 jobs at the facility. Last week, Ford debuted the Vertrek concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Industry watchers believe the Vertrek is likely the basis for the new Escape.


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David

If they do that my next truck will definality be a ford !!!!!!

January 19 2011 at 11:10 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
lyndell

No more "Us against Them?"?
You need to remember that there's a third party in this deal - the customer. Both of you have screwed us for the last 60 years. Now you have competition.
Don't forget it.

January 19 2011 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kev

I delliver supplies in and out of the Auto Plants in Michigan and i can tell you first hand most are lazy and will make you wait for no reason...But at the same time i support my Country and its people no matter what.. I know that those middle class jobs is the difference between us and looking like mexico..
and that unionized jobs pay more than sweatshop ones overall - "several studies of workers producing for US firms in Mexico are instructive: workers at the Aluminum Company of America’s Ciudad Acuna plant earn between $21.44 and $24.60 per week, but a weekly basket of basic food items costs $26.87. Mexican GM workers earn enough to buy a pound of apples in 30 minutes of work, while GM workers in the US earn as much in 5 minutes."[2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweatshop

January 19 2011 at 10:56 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
spikeritz

Makes me think about buying a ford..... On top of the fact they took NOTHING from the Government. Hey Michigan.... Why do you think they are not working in your State? Liberals, regulation and outragous taxes! Get a clue.

January 19 2011 at 10:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Z-MAN

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS TO BUY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCT.

REMEMBER THE 70'S WHEN THAT WAS THE BUZZ WORDS AND WE DID NOT LISTEN.

CHINA LOVES US. WHEN YOU BUY THE BIG BOX STORE THING ASK YOUSELF WHERE IS MY MONEY GOING AND DO I REALLY NEED THIS.

CHINA SELLS THIER JUNK TO US AND THEN LOANS THAT MONEY BACK TO US.

GOD BLESS AMERICAN, ALL VETERANS

January 19 2011 at 10:51 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
orlandcaro

Man I like Ford's ideas you can't buy better advertising than to say you are saving American jobs. Next they will be telling us that US cars are as good as imports,but it remains to be seen if Americans will beleive that.

January 19 2011 at 10:49 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
kev

All those southern Congressmen were rooting for the Ford, Chrysler, & GM to fold...Why invest in the Southern States??
GOP to Detroit: Drop dead. Obama wants auto czar.
November 14, 2008
Looks like there will be no auto bail out with this Congress and this president. The NYT

January 19 2011 at 10:48 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
sara franz

why did ford close their plant in edison? we need that plant here too.the auto makers build plants,create jobs then tear down and move out.it isn't fair to people.

January 19 2011 at 10:38 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
dkkeber

I am happily ditching my GM and buying Ford this spring. I will never buy GM again.

January 19 2011 at 10:37 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

I'm a bit of a muscle car enthusiast and own six cars. Three are American brands and the other three are imports. One from Japan and two from Germany. Truthfully, they all have their good and bad points and I don't favor one over the other. I just buy what I like and don't care who made it or where. I want the best value for my money. I'm not making a political statement buying cars. Besides, in today's world economy, you have no idea where the parts on your car are made so you're just kidding yourself if you think buying a domestic brand is buying American.

January 19 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply