Gov. Nixon joins Ford officials and UAW leaders to mark the official production start of the 2015 F-150 at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today joined Ford Motor Company executives, UAW leaders and local autoworkers at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant for the official production start of the all-new 2015 F-150.
“Today’s rollout of the all-new Missouri-made F-150 cements our position as America’s truck manufacturing headquarters and marks a historic moment that has been years in the making,” said Gov. Nixon. “Six years ago we made a commitment that the vehicles of the future would be built right here in the Show-Me State, and with today’s launch of the 2015 F-150 in Missouri we continue to deliver on that promise.”
The Governor’s complete remarks are below.
Last month, Ford announced that it would create an additional 900 jobs in Kansas City to build the F-150. In September, Ford announced 1,200 new jobs and a second shift to build the all-new Ford Transit van, previously manufactured exclusively overseas.
The Kansas City Assembly Plant now has the largest capacity to build vehicles of any Ford plant in the world. Employing more than 7,000 workers, the plant has one of the largest hourly workforces in the Ford network.
The 2015 F-150 is the first mass-produced vehicle with a high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy body, increasing both efficiency and capability. Now in its 67th year, F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 33 consecutive years and America’s favorite truck for 38 years.
“The groundbreaking design of the new Ford F-150 with its military-grade aluminum alloy body requires a level of skill and craftsmanship that the men and women of the UAW are proud to deliver,” said Gary Jones, UAW Region 5 Director. “We appreciate the continued investments in this community by Ford, and the continued leadership by Gov. Nixon to make sure that the vehicles of tomorrow are built right here in Missouri.”
Gov. Nixon has made strengthening Missouri’s once-struggling auto sector a top priority, efforts that have resulted in more than $2 billion in investments by automotive manufacturers and suppliers over the last five years. In addition to working across the aisle to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act in 2010, Gov. Nixon’s administration also continues to partner with Ford and other manufacturers to ensure workers have the skills needed in today’s high-tech, advanced manufacturing facilities.
In Claycomo, Ford has announced the creation of thousands of new jobs as part of a $1.1 billion investment in its Kansas City Assembly Plant. In Wentzville, GM has announced the creation and retention of more than 1,700 jobs and capital investment of $513 million to build the all-new Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon.
Expansions by automakers have led to increased demand for automotive parts, strengthening Missouri’s automotive supplier network and providing a significant boost to the state’s economy. Since 2010, some 61 automotive suppliers have added or announced plans to add more than 4,619 new jobs, retain 220 existing workers, and make more than $613 million in capital investments.
All four of Missouri’s new vehicles recently topped the national automotive charts: the new F-150 was named the 2015 North American Truck of the Year, and Ford’s Transit van was America’s best-selling full-size van in November and December 2014. In addition, GM’s Chevrolet Colorado was named the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, and the GMC Canyon was picked as Autoweek’s 2015 Best of the Best Truck Award.
A report released by Missouri Economic Research & Information Center (MERIC) found that the expected cumulative contribution from 2010 to 2015 of the retained/new jobs and capital investments made in the automotive industry over the six-year period would support 35,146 jobs this year.
Experience Missouri’s automotive industry comeback by viewing an online interactive timeline at governor.mo.gov/auto.