All the prep work has been done…and the all new Ford F-150 is about to start rolling off the assembly lines at Claycomo.
About 3,800 employees at the plant have been participating in training designed to help the workers learn the ins and outs of the newly redesigned vehicle.
Ford recently announced that the Claycomo plant will run three shifts, and hire an additional 900 employees to staff the additional shift. The new employees will boost the total workforce at the Claycomo plant to 6,450, the most ever at the plant, which opened in 1951. F-150s will soon begin rolling off the assembly line headed for Ford dealerships by the end of March. Some of the new workers will be assembling the Ford Transit van.
The F-150 has long been produced at the plant, but this is a newly designed version of America’s most popular pickup truck. Ford began to train its workforce at Claycomo on the new F-150 in 2013 as part of the $1.1 billion investment the company has made to modernize the plant over the past several years.
Combined, Ford plants in Claycomo and Dearborn Michigan have the capacity to produce more than 700,000 F-150 pickups per year. In January, Ford said F-150s sat on their lots an average of just 12 days…selling faster than any other Ford vehicle.
The vehicle is made of a light weight rolled aluminum which allows the truck to attain fuel mileage estimates of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.