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Ford Invests in Chicago Plants, Jobs

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Feb. 8, 2019—Ford is investing $1 billion in Chicago assembly and stamping plants to make it a better atmosphere to work in and adding 500 jobs.

The investment comes after Ford is planning to launch three new SUVs. Ford is spending $40 million to make the plants better places to work, including new LED lighting and cafeteria updates, new break areas, and parking lot security upgrade.

The transformation at the plant, which will begin in March, will expand capacity for the production of the new Ford Explorer—including the Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid—the new Police Interceptor Utility and the new Lincoln Aviator. The work will be completed in the spring. After 500 jobs are added, the total employees at the two plants will be 5,800.

Ford is building a new body shop and paint shop at the assembly plant. At the stamping facility, the company is adding new stamping lines in preparation for the 2020 Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator. Advanced manufacturing technologies at the plants include a collaborative robot with a camera that inspects electrical connections during the manufacturing process. In addition, several 3D printed tools will be installed.

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