Ford will be spending $400 million to retool its Claycomo plant near Kansas City, Missouri. The plant will build this new vehicle after production of the current Escape crossover ends this year. The move will also save nearly 3,750 jobs.
“This investment and promise of a new vehicle to be built in Kansas City reinforces Ford’s commitment to U.S. manufacturing and American jobs,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Investing in our plants, products and people is critical to Ford’s ability to compete with the best in the business. Ford is committed to doing everything it takes to work with its partners, including the United Auto Workers, to remain competitive.”
Salisbury Used Cars said that production of the next-generation Ford Escape will move to Louisville, Kentucky, which Ford also recently announced would receive a $600 million investment for retooling. The Claycomo announcement marks the fourth Ford plant that will undergo retooling in preparation for new products.
“Today’s announcement ensures that next-generation vehicles will be built right here in Missouri, by the best workforce in the country,” said Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. “Last year, we came together to pass the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act to help our state compete for the production jobs of the future. That hard work paid off. For thousands of employees at Ford’s Claycomo plant, and thousands more at suppliers across Missouri, this news is a big win. We’ll be building the vehicles of the future right here in the Show-Me State.”