Ford Prepares for Production of 2013 Escape SUV

by Devin Katayama on February 6, 2012

Ford Motor Company will soon begin filling spots at the Louisville Assembly Plant to maintain two full-time production shifts to build the new 2013 Escape.

“We just finished with our preproduction builds. We’re right now doing all the work stations and everything else and probably most of the maintenance guys are going through orientations on some of the transference, finishing them up,” said Steve Stone, the local United Auto Workers’ bargaining chairman.

The plant should have two full shifts up and running in the middle of March, including nearly 2,900 workers who will soon crank out the new Escape, he said. This will add nearly 700 positions to the 2,200 that have been working on a pre-production build of the sport utility vehicle. [click to continue…]

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Kentucky Continues Auto Sector Business Growth

by Devin Katayama January 17, 2012

Kentucky officials expect to continue its partnership with Argonne National Laboratories when it opens facilities in Lexington later this year to develop rechargeable car battery technology. “It fits in very well with where we understand where Toyota and Ford Motor want to move with future vehicles,” said Len Peters, secretary of the Energy and Environment […]

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Ford Escape at the LA Auto Show

by Brad Yost November 19, 2011

Friday on State of the News we called Courier-Journal reporter Jere Downs, who was in Los Angeles at the LA Auto Show. She and WFPL reporter Devin Katayama discussed the unveiling of the 2013 Ford Escape, which will be built in Louisville. This year Ford has sold over 200,000 Escapes. Those numbers may give Louisville […]

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Ford Shows Off 2013 Escape, Leads SUV Sales

by Devin Katayama November 16, 2011

Ford Motor Company has unveiled the new 2013 Escape SUV, which will begin rolling off the Louisville Assembly Plant this spring. Earlier this year, Ford and the United Auto Workers union ratified a new four-year contract that calls for investments of over $600 million in the Louisville Assembly Plant. Hiring has been ongoing, but demand […]

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Ford Expects Hiring 3,100 Jobs By End of 2012

by Devin Katayama October 27, 2011

Ford Motor Company expects to hire all the new employees for its two Louisville plants by the end of next year. Gov. Steve Beshear joined Mayor Greg Fischer and Ford Motor President of the Americas Mark Fields in Louisville on Thursday. The politicians cheered the ratification of a new 4-year contract between Ford and the […]

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United Auto Workers Union Officially Ratifies Contract With Ford Motors

by Devin Katayama October 19, 2011

The United Auto Workers union has officially ratified its four-year contract with the Ford Motor Company. Louisville’s local 862 UAW helped push for ratification after 53 percent of union workers at Louisville’s two plants favored the new contract. Voting ended Tuesday night on the contract, which includes over $1 billion of investments at the two […]

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Louisville’s Ford Union Ratifies New 4-Year Contract

by Devin Katayama October 19, 2011

Louisville’s local United Auto Workers union has voted in favor of a new contract with Ford Motor Company. The last of the votes were counted Tuesday night and Louisville’s Local UAW 862 helped push for ratification of the agreement. Local UAW 862 voted with a slight majority of 53 percent to ratify the agreement, according […]

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Ford Plant Prepares to Begin Manufacturing Escape

by Erica Peterson September 9, 2011

After a $600 million renovation, Louisville’s Ford Assembly Plant is almost ready to begin production. The plant is cavernous. There aren’t many people—or cars—around, because the plant hasn’t restarted production yet. But the robots are working, demonstrating how the bodies of the new Ford Escape will be welded, and how the dashboards will be installed. […]

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Ford Will Hire 1,800 Workers at Louisville Plant

by Kyle Durbin July 7, 2011

Starting today at 5:oo this afternoon, Ford will begin hiring 1,800 workers for the newly re-tooled Louisville Assembly Plant. The plant recently underwent a $600 million renovation project to prepare it to build several new types of vehicles, including variations on the popular Escape. Ford says the plant is the most modern and flexible in […]

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Report Finds Rapid Growth of Vacant Properties, Room for More Manufacturing

by Gabe Bullard June 29, 2011

The epidemic of vacant properties in Louisville is growing. That’s one of the many facts cited in the latest annual Competitive City Report from the Greater Louisville Project. According to the report, in some areas of the city, more than 15 percent of homes and business are vacant. The 2010 Census puts the average for […]

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