Ford Begins Production of All-New Escape in Louisville

Ford officials are very excited this week, as the first Escape models are rolling off the production line, on their way to dealerships. The new model replaces the very different Escape, adopting sleek European curves and creases where once there were boxy straight lines. The car is basically the same as the Euro model, called the Kuga (now in its second generation).
Ford Escape Assembly Line 1 photo
Photo: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.
To accommodate the production of the new Escape, Ford have invested some €476- ($600-) million in the modernization and retooling of their Louisville Assembly Plant, which has produced various models in its 57 year history, having previously made the gargantuan Ford Explorer large SUV, a car very much rooted in the 1990s.

In order to achieve the kind of production volumes they need, Ford have added 1,800 new jobs for a second shift, with 1,300 more jobs on the way to make a third shift possible, bringing the total number of employees of the plant to 4,200. Apart from Ford, various parts suppliers have set up shop in close proximity to the plant, investing over €44,4- ($56-) million in Louisville and adding an additional 900 jobs in the process.

Story via The Detroit Free Press
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