Ford Truck Keeps Rolling from Clay County

What a difference a decade makes!

Just over 10 years ago, Ford moved production of its Escape SUV to Kentucky, and there was serious discussion of closing the Kansas City Plant in Claycomo. Nearly 5,000 workers would have been looking for jobs, and their millions in payroll would have been lost to Clay County and Greater Kansas City.

Flash forward to today, and that plant employs nearly 10,000 people. Their success has attracted thousands of more workers and their income for suppliers, transporters and others.

Last month, an exclamation point was put on that success during a celebration at the plant marking the official rollout of the latest version of the F-150 pickup truck, already the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., not just the best-selling truck.

The latest version appears set to continue that tradition. Although the automotive market is dealing with several stresses during a shift to more electric vehicles and other issues, Ford has bundled its vehicles with imaginative features like the Pro Access Tailgate, a swing out tailgate that opens to 100 degrees, offering more access. The 2024 F-150 also standardized its SYNC 4 system, a 12-inch LCD touchscreen that can display two cameras simultaneously. Numerous other system choices give customers a lot to consider.

“The Ford truck lineup has never offered customers so much choice and never had so many new models coming all at once,” Ford Blue President Andrew Frick said in a release. “No other automaker has a gas, hybrid and electric full-size pickup like F-150, and with trucks from the compact Maverick through Super Duty and off-road versions of every model, including the new Ranger Raptor, Ford has a pickup for nearly every customer use case.”

And even if you don’t drive a Ford truck, that’s a good thing for Clay County.

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