Mayor, Gov. Celebrate Investment at Ford's Louisville Truck Plant
Thursday April 23, 2009
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear joined Ford officials and employees today in celebrating the completion of a $200 million investment in the retooling of its Kentucky Truck Plant. The investment makes way for the production of two new vehicles - the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
The retooling includes the installation of a flexible body shop that will allow the plant to produce more fuel efficient 2009 model Expedition and Navigator SUVs alongside popular Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups.
“This is truly an important day in the long, storied history of Ford as two new vehicles roll off the line at the Kentucky Truck Plant,” Abramson said.
“A couple of years ago, we faced the real possibility of losing Ford in Louisville but, thanks to the hard work between state government, city government and Ford, we stand here today celebrating a bright future.”
The Kentucky Truck Plant makeover is part of a move by Ford toward leaner and more flexible manufacturing across its North American plant lineup.
"We are moving very quickly to transform our manufacturing operations to allow us to respond to consumer demand," said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing.
“As Ford transforms, the workers at this plant and the Louisville Assembly Plant are also transforming, being flexible, and ready to lead this company in a new era - where Ford dominates the auto industry, Abramson said. “We would not be here without the leadership of the Ford workers.”
The new flexible body shop came to Kentucky Truck from a closed Ford assembly plant in Norfolk, with additional components brought in from Michigan Assembly.