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Ford invests $1 bn, hiring 500 employees at two Chicago factories

Posted Feb 7, 2019 by Business Insider
Ford will invest $1 billion and hire 500 new employees at its stamping and assembly plants in Chicago, the automaker said on Thursday in a press release.
Massive job cuts at Ford are expected in the coming days  affecting as many as 20 000 salaried worke...
Massive job cuts at Ford are expected in the coming days, affecting as many as 20,000 salaried workers
DANIEL MIHAILESCU, AFP
The moves come as Ford prepares to expand production of new versions of its Explorer and Aviator SUVs.
The investment will include new body and paint shops at its Chicago assembly plant, new stamping lines at its Chicago stamping plant, new manufacturing equipment, and revamped employee facilities.
The plants will have a total of around 5,800 employees after the new round of hiring is finished.
Ford will invest $1 billion and hire 500 new employees at its stamping and assembly plants in Chicago, the automaker said on Thursday in a press release. The moves come as Ford prepares to expand production of new versions of its Explorer and Aviator SUVs.
The investment will include new body and paint shops at its Chicago assembly plant, new stamping lines at its Chicago stamping plant, new manufacturing equipment, and revamped employee facilities. The plants will have a total of around 5,800 employees after the new round of hiring is finished.
Ford's redesigned Aviator and Explorers come as the automaker, as well as competitors like General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, shift away from sedans in favor of the SUVs and light trucks that have taken a larger share of the automotive market in the past decade.
Ford is in the middle of a $11 billion restructuring that has included job cuts in the North America and Europe. The automaker's 2018 earnings, which included a $7 billion operating profit and a profit margin of 4.4% for the year, aligned with Wall Street predictions, but fell short of internal expectations. Ford cited tariffs and a lack of clarity about Britain's forthcoming exit from the European Union as reasons for concern in 2019, and analysts have criticized CEO Jim Hackett for failing to outline a clear vision for the automaker's future.
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