When production of the Escape SUV moves from its Kansas City factory, Ford isn’t about to let that space go to waste. The automaker is investing $400 million at the plant to produce a new product.
“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,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Ford is committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the United Auto Workers, to remain competitive.”
Ford expects it will be able to keep the existing 3750 jobs at the plant, which originally opened in 1951. Currently, the plant makes the Ford Escape (and its twins) as well as the Ford F-150 (pictured above).
In the past, the Kansas City plant has produced vehicles like the Falcon, Fairlane, Tempo, and Contour. What do you think Ford is preparing for the plant with its $400 million investment?
Source: Automotive News (Subscription required), Ford