Ford Prepares for Production of 2013 Escape SUV

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 […]

Kentucky Continues Auto Sector Business Growth

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 […]

Ford Shows Off 2013 Escape, Leads SUV Sales

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 […]

Ford Contract Brings Big Plans For Louisville

The new tentative contract agreement reached between the Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers contains some major benefits for the automaker’s two Louisville plants. Under the agreement, Ford will add a third shift at the retooled Louisville Assembly Plant to produce a new vehicle. Officials say the move will create more than 1,000 […]

Beshear Says Ford CEO Positive On Louisville's Future

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear met with Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally this week, and he says the conversation was encouraging. With Ford upgrading the Louisville Assembly Plant to produce new vehicles, Beshear says he’d been planning to meet with Mulally for weeks. They convened on Monday and Beshear says Mulally told him that Ford’s […]

275 Louisville Assembly Plant Workers Laid Off

275 workers at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant are being laid off today.

The workers on Ford’s Explorer line are being cut as the vehicle is taken out of production.

Local United Auto Workers Union Building Chairman Steven Stone says the union tried to prevent the layoffs, but employment will be boosted when the plant begins manufacturing a new fuel-efficient vehicle in 2011.

“They are predicting to run multiple shifts out there, so I’m sure every single one of those that are laid off will be back,” he says. “I’m sure of that.”

Stone says the laid off workers will receive some health benefits and about 70% of their salaries for one year. A Ford spokesperson did not return a phone call for comment.

Ford Incentives Plan Approved

The Ford Motor Company says it plans an additional $200 million investment at its two Louisville manufacturing plants, following approval of a state incentives package Thursday. One hundred million dollars will be spent at the Kentucky Truck Plant to make way for production of the Navigator and Expedition models starting next spring, and another $100 million […]