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Ford Motor Co. says it's is investing $80 million, and adding 350 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville to meet growing demand for its F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks.

The move will enable Ford to increase production by about 15%... That's about 55,000 more trucks a year, according to the Detroit Free Press.

With housing and construction starts up as the economy improves, demand for heavy-duty trucks continues to increase.
Ford has already hired additional employees who will start training over the next two months. All will be in place by April 1, said Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski. They are among the 5,000 employees Ford is adding in North America and 11,000 worldwide to launch 23 new vehicles and increase capacity worldwide.

“Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America’s best-selling truck for 37 years running,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a statement.

Ford introduced the F-Series Super Duty in 1999 and the Kentucky plant is expected to build the 5-millionth truck this year. The plant makes the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

“We are happy to be adding new jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant, because we know the impact these jobs will have on the local community,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president of the Ford Department. “It’s especially rewarding to know these jobs come as a result of customer demand.”

Ford has been building vehicles in Kentucky since 1913 when it started with 11 employees. The Kentucky Truck Plant opened in 1969 and has grown to 6 million square feet.

Most of the 2015 Super Duty lineup goes on sale this spring with the second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel with a larger turbocharger and other improvements to enhance torque, horsepower and towing capacity. The F-450 pickup truck goes on sale this summer.

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