By Andrew Ganz
Thursday, Dec 27th, 2012 @ 9:10 am
 
As part of its 2011 agreement with the United Auto Workers union, Ford Motor Company has announced that it will invest $773 million into six manufacturing plants located in Southeast Michigan not far from Detroit.

In October of 2011, Ford committed $6.2 billion into its plants across the United States as part of its contract negotiations with the UAW.

The latest investment will add 2,350 hourly jobs back into some of Ford's various Michigan plants, part of the 12,000 workers the automaker has agreed to hire across the country by 2015. The agreement stated that some of the new jobs will be entry-level $16 per hour tasks, a figure $12 under the $28 average earned by a "nonskilled" UAW union member at a Ford plant. Most of the 6,500 new jobs Ford has added over the last year since the agreement with the UAW have been at the entry-level $16 per hour rate.

The new investments include:
  • $305 million into the Dearborn Stamping Plant for new lines and various other upgrades.
  • 161 million into the Flat Rock Assembly to prepare for production of the Ford Fusion.
  • $87.7 million into the Van Dyke Transmission Plant (in Sterling Heights) to build more six-speed automatic transmissions.
  • $86 million into the Sterling Axle Plant (in Sterling Heights) to add new machinery and equipment.
  • $74.7 million into the Livonia Transmission Plant for new machinery and equipment.
  • $59.4 into the Michigan Assembly Plant (in Wayne) for expansion of a stamping press line.