Ford needs more F-150s. Yeah, we just told you that a few days ago. The Blue Oval is reporting that its trucks are spending a mere 18 days on dealer lots, following a January that was the truck’s best month in over a decade. Considering both of those facts, the timing is perfect for Ford to ramp up production of its all-aluminum truck by bringing its Kansas City, MO factory online.
KC Assembly has been building F-150s for decades, and completed a $1.1-billion expansion to accommodate the all-aluminum 2015 truck (as well as for work on the Transit van). Similar to what was done at Ford’s Dearborn, MI factory, the Blue Oval spent 13 weeks upgrading the plant’s body shop, paint shop and a road-test course. Over 900 jobs were added as part of the update. Combined with the equally upgraded plant in metro Detroit, Ford can build 700,000 trucks per year.
“The all-new F-150 has surpassed our expectations – setting new standards for fullsize truck capability, technology and efficiency,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s Americas president said in a statement. “With production starting at Kansas City Assembly, we are better poised to start meeting growing customer demand for our pickup.”