2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid

Green manufacturing jobs for Ford's hybrid transmissions coming to America

Ford's push into hybrid, and plug-in hybrid, cars is bringing hybrid transmission manufacturing to America, adding new jobs at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant building the transmissions at the core of the company's new electrified vehicles.

Adoption of green technology was supposed to bring new jobs to the U.S. to manufacture green technology widgets. For example, someone has to manufacture all those electric or hybrid cars we'll be buying in the coming years. Ford announced last week the company will start manufacturing hybrid- and plug-in hybrid car transmissions at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant. This adds jobs in America, to manufacture an item that had formerly been outsourced to a supplier in Japan.

Ford is investing $220 million to transform the Van Dyke Transmission plant to manufacture the new hybrid transmission, the HF35, and other fuel-efficient transmissions. This is part of $632 million Ford expects to invest in increasing capacity at three North American transmission facilities by 2015.

The investments resulted in the addition of 225 new job. Of that number, 130 were added as part of the hybrid transmission launch, and the remainder will be added by the end of August.


Share on Facebook submit to reddit Share on Google+
Sign-up to our email newsletter for daily perspectives on car design, trends, events and news, not found elsewhere.