Ford confirms plan to double F-150 Lightning production, ramp up hiring

Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Business News

These trucks will leave the factory for real-world testing so that they may be ready to arrive in customer driveways by springtime, as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the F-Series continues to be America's top-selling franchise.

The 2021 F-150 Hybrid has made headlines throughout the year for its ability to work as a portable generator and rescue families without electricity, whether during a winter storm or a wedding.

"This is where the industrial revolution took hold, where the arsenal of democracy was forged, where parents and grandparents and great grandparents built not only cars and trucks but their own American dreams," Bill Ford, great grandson of founder Henry Ford and executive chair of the board, said in 2020.

"... The Rouge has always been the center of innovation," he said.

The automaker, which is the largest employer of hourly automotive factory workers in the U.S., has invested $7.7 billion in Michigan and created and retained 7,000 Michigan jobs since 2016, the company noted.

Ford highlighted its bringing Bronco and Ranger production to Michigan, refurbishing Michigan Central Station, developing a new Ford Research and Engineering Campus in Dearborn and creating Ford's $100 million Ion Park in Romulus.


"Michigan has been the home of Ford since its founding in 1903 and these sites represent a growing network across southeast Michigan that will support the next generation of Ford's battery electric, connected and autonomous vehicles," Ford said in its news release.

The potential impact of Ford moving its customers from the traditional internal combustion engine, commonly referred to as "ICE," has a potentially profound impact on the pickup truck industry because of its huge sales volume.

"Today's announcement is a great example of the right way to navigate the transition to tomorrow's vehicles by ensuring good-paying jobs of the future. Investing in building vehicles right here, in the United States, with the hard working men and women of the UAW. Investments like this can pave the way to a future that protects our families, our communities and our middle class," Laura Dickerson, director of UAW Region 1A, told the Free Press.

"And Ford is doing this the right way with the F-150 Lightning — creating 450 additional UAW jobs. Ford is investing in this EV Lightning as well as hybrid and gas F-150 versions as consumer demands shift. It's not a one size fits all approach," she said.

President Joe Biden spent time in the plant in May, meeting chief engineer Linda Zhang and members of the Lightning team.

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