FoMoCo is on pace to bring in approximately 1,975 hourly jobs to be performed by suppliers inside and outside of the U.S. by 2012. this exceeds the company”s original commitment to the UAW by more than 25%. Modern labor agreements have allowed Ford to make its plants more competitive and efficient through union collaboration.
“The name of the game is competitiveness, and our UAW partners have found new ways of working together on labor agreements that allow us to bring jobs back to Ford plants and back to America,” said Mark Fields, president of The Americas, who is speaking today at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.
Ford and the UAW have been collaborating on ways to profitably source components and parts to the company”s American plants that would have otherwise been produced outside the country. So far, Ford has committed to in-sourcing much of its assembly, powertrain, and stamping operations around the country.
Whatever Ford is doing, it should keep doing. According to the most recent J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Study, Ford has the highest initial quality among all non-luxury brands, with three models besting their segments, and much third-party research shows a positive quality perception when it comes to Ford and its vehicles.
– By: Stephen Calogera