The Ford Company is jumping production of its new van at the Claycomo plant to meet demand for its new van.
Transit van has been on dealer’s lots for about three months and it’s selling well enough that Ford plans to add as many as 12-hundred more workers for a second production line at Claycomo.
Plant Manager Dan Jowiski says the company has more than met the quality jobs quotas set by the state to qualify for the tax incentives state law allows.
But the assembly line jobs are only part of the story. Jowiski says the second assembly line will produce ripples. “For every job we add at an assembly plant,” he says, “it roughly affects our supply base and their communities with an uplift factor of nine.”
He says Ford will have 2400 workers building the various versions of the transit van by the end of the year. Another 3600 will be building the F-150 pickup trucks.