The Ford F Series’ consistently dominant sales performance has increased even more this year, with the truck selling over 60,000 units for May, June, and July. To keep up with this demand, Ford announced today that it would add a third production shift of hourly workers to its Kansas City, Missouri plant, where the Ford F-150 is produced.
This means 900 new jobs for the Kansas City Assembly Plant, which is also undergoing retooling and expansion to prepare for the start of production of the 2014 Ford Transit van early next year. Ford says it aims to create a total of 2000 new jobs to this plant by then. The Ford F-150 is also produced at Ford’s Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan, and Super Duty versions of the truck, ranging from F-250 to F-550, are produced in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky Truck Plant.
Before 2013, the last time the Ford F Series sold more than 60,000 units in a month was December 2011. Ford cites the resurging economy as the reason for the increased sales, noting the F Series’ majority market share in various industries including oil pipeline and road and highway maintenance. No doubt, then, that many of these sales come from businesses and other fleet customers in addition to retail customers.
Ford could also be ramping up production in anticipation for a redesigned Ford F-150 which could go on sale as soon as next year. We’ve spotted the new truck testing, and the Atlas concept at the 2013 Detroit auto show was also an indication of what the 2015 Ford F-150 might look like. We would expect Ford to continue producing the current Ford F-150 alongside the new model, at least for a period of time as the model transitions, so this may be another reason for the expanded capacity.