Ford to invest $900M in Chicago Assembly, create 200 jobs

CHICAGO — The recently ratified labor agreement between Ford Motor and the United Auto Workers will generate a $900 million investment at the Chicago Assembly Plant on Torrence Avenue. The investment will create approximately 200 new jobs at the plant.

“Ford’s investment in Chicago under this agreement will create high-paying jobs and ensure the Torrence Avenue plant continues to grow for years to come,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Ford knows that Chicago’s workforce, transportation systems and quality of life are second to none, and this contract is a win for both Ford’s workers and the South Side of Chicago.”

Under the agreement the Chicago Assembly Plant will receive a $900 million investment to support production of the new Explorer and Police Interceptor, continued production of the Taurus and a new product that will be announced at a later date. Production of the new vehicle would create approximately 200 jobs at the plant, in addition to the existing 4,400 employees. The plant employed 3,200 people in 2011. The agreement also includes employee incentives that would create a near-term infusion of more than $54 million into the Chicago area.

The four-year agreement has been approved by Ford and UAW leadership and ratified by the approximately 52,000 UAW workers at Ford.

Source: Chicago Mayor’s press release 

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Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...