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Ford to invest $900 million in Kentucky truck plant

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Staff Writer | June 21, 2017
Ford today announced manufacturing actions centered on improving the company’s operational fitness and building vehicles that excite customers around the world.
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Auto industry   The all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator
Ford is investing $900 million in Kentucky Truck Plant for plant upgrades to build the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, which begin arriving in dealerships this fall.

Both full-size SUVs will be exported to more than 55 markets globally – including Navigator to China. Ford is a top auto exporter in the U.S.

The $900 million investment secures 1,000 jobs for hourly workers at the Louisville plant.

This is in addition to the $1.3 billion investment and 2,000 jobs created at that plant in late 2015 to build the all-new Ford Super Duty.

Kentucky Truck employs nearly 7,600 full-time hourly workers – and Ford has more U.S. hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker.

Production begins in the second half of 2019, with models coming from the company’s existing Focus plants globally.

Most new North American Focus models initially will come from China, with additional variants coming from Europe later.