Over 1,000 new jobs are set for Clay County thanks to Ford’s recent announcement of a third shift being added to help with the Transit and all-new E-Transit electric van.
The move is part of a company-wide addition of over 6,000 jobs to plants in three states, including the Kansas City location in Clay County. Made in early June, the company announcement also noted an upcoming investment of $95 million in the local plant. The expansion will allow a third shift at the plant for the production of the Transit and the all-new E-Transit electric van.
“Today’s announcement is great news for our state. For more than 70 years, hardworking Missourians have assembled iconic Ford vehicles,” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said in a news release. “Now, these 1,100 new hourly jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant will increase production of the Transit and E-Transit commercial vans, driving Missouri’s economy forward.”
Ford’s Claycomo plant already boasted more than 7,000 employees and, with the addition, remains one of the top employers in Clay County and Greater Kansas City. Production of the F-150 truck will continue, along with the Transit vans.
“Ford is America’s Number 1 employer of hourly autoworkers, and this investment only deepens our commitment to building great new vehicles – from an all-new Mustang to new EVs – right here in the U.S. in partnership with the UAW,” Bill Ford, executive chair of Ford, said in a release. “I am proud that we are investing in the Midwest and taking real action to provide better benefits and working conditions for our workers on the plant floor.”