The Kentucky Truck Plant and Louisville Assembly Plant are part of Ford Motor Company’s plan for its production future. The company announced it lost $8.7 billion in the second quarter of this year, and it’s re-working its factories to produce more small cars and fewer SUVs.
Louisville’s two plants will each get a multi-million dollar re-tooling to produce new vehicles. Mayor Jerry Abramson says Ford executives have a lot of respect for the product that comes out of Louisville.
“The vice-president of global manufacturing made that very clear today on the conference call, that literally the men and women and the quality of what’s put out here, made the difference. Ford knows these men and women are tempered by the challenges they’d had to work with in the past, and they’re ready to go into the future,” says Abramson.
The Truck Plant will continue to make Super-Duty trucks, and take on production of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Production is to begin early next year.
The Assembly Plant will be re-tooled in 2010, and start production of a new, still-unidentified car by 2011.