The celebration is underway by Ford Motor Company and their Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky over the launch of the 2013 Ford Escape production line. 1,800 jobs were added and 1.300 is reported to be on their way to the Louisville Assembly Plant to build the brand new Ford Escape. This small SUV is one of the most fuel efficient in its class.
Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company’s President of the Americas was on hand for the production line kick off. He commented, “Today marks a celebration of progress and transformation. Louisville Assembly Plant’s reinvention illustrates how Ford is going further, continuing to invest in American manufacturing and new jobs while delivering even more of the fuel-efficient vehicles that give customers true power of choice.”
“Manufacturing flexibility is critical to staying competitive in today’s global automotive marketplace,” added Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing. “Our ability to produce up to six vehicles from a single plant gives us a sizable advantage in quickly adjusting our products and volumes to match changes in customer preferences and market factors.”
City and state officials also made an appearance. The Governor, Steve Beshear is quoted as saying, “This is a day of celebration for Ford and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Production of the new Escape not only means thousands of jobs for Kentuckians, it boosts our GDP, tax revenue, and raises the level of the Commonwealth’s robust automotive industry, which is already one of the top five in the nation.”
The Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer added: “This is a great day for our city. Ford’s history and Louisville’s history are intertwined, and today we begin a new chapter in that heritage – a chapter of business expansion and job growth.”
Congratulations to Ford Motor Company and the Louisville Assembly Plant family. Americans are looking forward to seeing the 2013 Ford Escape rolling on our highways and byways soon.