A Ford spokesperson has said that the American automaker is planning on releasing 16 new vehicles in North America next year and hiring 5,000 new employees. “2014 will be our biggest year for product launches in our 111-year history. We keep investing in product,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.
The hourly and salaried jobs will bring to the total number of new people hired by Ford over a three-year time span to 19,000. These newly-hired hands are needed produce the all of the new vehicles that will be launched in 2014, to include the 2015 F-Series pickup trucks and Mustang. Worldwide, the company-that-Henry-built plans on releasing 23 vehicles next year.
Close to 2,000 of the newly-hired hourly employees will work in Ford’s plant here in Kansas City, MO., while 3,300 salaried works will join them next year. Additionally, Ford is planning on opening two new plants in the Asia-Pacific region and one in South America next year as well.