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Ford expected to announce adding 7000 jobs in U.S. over next two years at Auto Show

Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dearborn, Mi....Image via Wikipedia
Ford Motor Company World Headquarters
in Dearborn, Michigan. The company plans
on adding 7000 jobs in the U.S. over the
next two years.

Proving that Michigan’s big three auto manufacturers are coming back strong after the bailout of 2009; Ford Motor Company will announce at the press preview this afternoon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, its' plans to add more than 7,000 jobs in the United States over the next two years.

The breakdown on the new positions includes 4,000 blue-collar jobs and 750 salaried positions in 2011, and another 2,500 factory jobs in 2012. 

"We are on a path to add more than 7,000 U.S. workers over the next two years as we continue to grow our product lineup," Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas said in a statement to the Detroit News.

"Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want", Fields cited.

At this point, it is unclear clear how many of the new jobs could be in Michigan but, Ford’s World Headquarters is located in Dearborn, which goes well for some of the salaried positions to be filled within the Southeastern part of the state. Fields is not expected to disclose specific locations during his announcement this afternoon.

After years of cutting staff and closing plants, Detroit's Big Three are beginning to hire, after experiencing recovery in U.S. auto sales and growing demand for their products.

The Ford Motor Company announcement comes on the heels of General Motors and Chrysler Group LLC stated plans in November 2010, to add thousands of workers and engineers, mostly in the Metro Detroit area. The hiring by the auto manufacturers is brings hope back to Michigan, which has one of the country's highest jobless rates, at 12.4 percent.

Following the trend, Ford Motor Company announced in October 2010 an $850 million investment in four Michigan plants that begins this year and continues through 2013. Employment openings at the plants will support production of six-speed transmissions, gears at other components at Van Dyke Transmission in Sterling Heights, Sterling Axle, Livonia Transmission and the Dearborn Truck Plant.

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