Ford will begin reshuffling it’s US factory workers to better meet the increased demand for big trucks and SUVs.
We knew this was bound to happen sooner rather than later, especially after Ford decided to ditch cars in favor of becoming an automaker that focuses almost solely on trucks and SUVs. Cutting production of their vehicle lineup meant that a lot of factory workers are going to need to start making something else, and it looks like that’ll be the F-Series pickups and Ford’s largest of sport utility vehicles.
In an announcement on Wednesday, Ford said they’d shuffled their US workforce around to better produce the vehicles that people are buying. They stressed there would be no job cuts, but also no new jobs being created.
To start, 500 workers currently making crossovers at a Kentucky plant would move over to a different Kentucky plant that makes the F-Series pickup trucks as well as full-size SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.
Additionally, 500 jobs are moving around at Michigan plants that currently make transmissions. Instead of making transmissions for Mustangs and Lincoln Continentals those 500 workers will move to a different Michigan plant that currently makes transmissions for Ford’s pickups.
About 150 workers at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan plant are going to receive job offers at different plants, and according to Reuters, Ford’s spokesperson said they were “highly confident” those workers will get new jobs.
A United Auto Workers union spokesperson added, "After working with Ford, we are confident that all impacted employees will have the opportunity to work at nearby facilities."
Ford’s sales numbers tell the story. The Expedition’s sales are up 4% for 2018, while the Lincoln Navigator is up 81% since its recent refresh last year. People are diggin’ the big Ford SUVs, and it’s coming at the expense of regular cars.
The news of Ford’s reshuffle comes on the heels of GM’s big announcement that they’d be cutting plants all over North America and slashing up to 15,000 jobs--many of them in the executive and salaried workforce.