Ford Motor Co. (IW 500/8) announced today that it will invest $150 million in its Hamburg, N. Y. facility.
“This is an investment that expands the plant’s manufacturing capabilities, ensures the relationship with the Oakville site, and keeps Western New Yorkers working to fill the growing demand for the Ford F250, F-350, Flex, Edge, Focus and Econoline as well as the Lincoln MKX and MKT,” said Paul Kosaian, Director of Manufacturing, Stamping Operations, Ford Motor Co.
The Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg opened in 1950. It currently employs approximately 600 people who work to make doors, quarter panels, body sides, hoods, fenders and floor panels.
The Western New York stamping plant is the only remaining stand-alone Ford stamping plant. All others were either closed or integrated with assembly facilities.
Ford’s investment will include the upgrading and addition of multiple press lines. The Hamburg plant is closely tied with the Oakville, Ont. assembly plant, considered by Ford to be one of the most competitive and important facilities in the Ford system.
The company said it was more than three-fourths of the way towards its goal of creating 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. To achieve this goal Ford is investing $16 billion in manufacturing operations and product development.