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Ford Is America’s Top Automaker With Most Hourly Workers, US-Assembled Vehicles and Exports

Ford just found out that it is America's number one automaker. The automaker has the top number of hourly workers and the leading number of U.S-assembled vehicles.

Ford Motor Company has solidified its position as the No. 1 automaker regarding vehicles assembled, hourly autoworkers employed in America, and vehicles exported from America to other countries, according to new 2022 data from S&P Global Mobility.

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More Manufacturing Jobs Planned

Building on its multi-year leadership in investing and building in the United States, Ford has already committed to adding 18,000-plus new U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next three years to produce electric and gas-powered vehicles. Meantime, Ford reopened its order books on the Lightning as it ramps up manufacturing and approves a third price hike.

Bill Ford, scion of the family and Ford executive chair, enthused that “Ford is the most American of all car companies. We build more vehicles and have more hourly employees here because we believe in our workforce and in America more than other companies. As we pivot to an EV future, we are proud to continue to invest in America.”

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In 2022, Ford assembled more than 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S.,130,000 more than the nearest auto manufacturer. This includes the best-selling F-Series truck franchise, every single one assembled in America at plants in Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, and Ohio. The Illinois-assembled Explorer SUV and Kentucky-assembled Escape SUV remain two other popular models.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of the vehicles Ford sells in the U.S. are assembled in the U.S.

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Recently announced new U.S. jobs include:

  • Nearly 2,000 at three Michigan assembly plants – to produce F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, the all-new Ranger pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and the all-new Mustang at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, plus an all-new Ford Customer Service Division packaging facility in Monroe
  • Approximately 1,800 union jobs at Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake to assemble an all-new EV commercial vehicle starting mid-decade
  • 6,000 at Blue Oval City in West Tennessee to build Ford’s second-generation electric truck and to build EV batteries with partner SK On
  • 5,000 with partner SK On at BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Kentucky, for future Ford and Lincoln EV batteries
  • 2,500 – to start – through a wholly owned subsidiary at BlueOval Battery Park Michigan in Marshall, Michigan, for the production of lithium iron phosphate EV batteries

Additionally, last week, a new third shift at the Kansas City Assembly Plant to increase production of the Transit, America’s best-selling commercial van5, and the E-Transit electric van began. Ford previously said the third shift would result in 1,100 union jobs.

Meanwhile, a popular Subaru model may not make it as a 2024.

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Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent many misspent hours hanging out at gas stations (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for most of my earnings while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.