Ford looking to hire 1,800 workers to build 2012 Escape in Louisville

2011 Ford Escape

FoMoCo said that it is now taking applications at its Louisville, Kentucky plant to add a second shift that will make the new 2012 Ford Escape. The number of new hires is still being decided as Ford may transfer some employees from other plants, said spokeswoman Marcey Evans.

Evans said that Ford needs 1,800 workers to restore Louisville to a two-shift operation later this year.

The current Ford Escape is produced in Kansas City with about 2,250 workers. They will go on break in early 2012 as Ford invests $400 million to prepare for a new model to be built there. Ford said that retooling the Kansas City plant could take up to a year.

The 2012 Ford Escape is scheduled to go on sale early next year.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News