Ford On Track to Exceed 2015 Hiring Goal
During a rough time for the auto industry and the U.S. economy, Ford promised to hire 12,000 new workers by the time 2015 rolled around. Four years later, the company now says it will likely exceed this goal. By the end of last year, Ford managed to add 9,000 jobs in North America since 2011. Ford said it had employed 84,000 workers at this time. This year, Ford has taken significant steps to increase this number even further. Just yesterday, announced it was hiring 2,000 new workers at its Claycomo, Mo. factory to help produce the 2015 Transit cargo van. Because of this latest investment, Ford is now 75 percent of the way to achieving its goal for 2015. “The business has grown faster than we predicted it would in 2011,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, told Automotive News. He also added that the plan to hire 12,000 workers “is definitely ahead of schedule" and it is highly likely Ford will even go beyond the goal. Ford enjoyed a record pretax profit of $8.8 billion last year in North America thanks to strong sales. Although profit fell in the first quarter of this year amid retooling costs, Ford is looking at a successful road ahead. The company plans on introducing 23 new cars worldwide this year, including the Mustang sports car and new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup. Source: Automotive News
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