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Ford Creates 800 New Jobs in South Africa

Aug. 27, 2012
Vehicles are for both the African and European market. 

Strong demand for the Ford Ranger pickup truck is driving Ford Motor Co. (IW 500/6) to add 800 new positions to increase production at its Silverton Assembly Plant and its Struandale Engine Plant starting September 3.

FMCSA will add a second shift to its Silverton Assembly Plant and a third shift at its Struandale Engine Plant.

“In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa,” said Jeff Nemeth, CEO of FMCSA. “We invested significantly to transform our operations, and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well.”

Last year the company announced the completion of a USD 405,842 transformation at its manufacturing and assembly plants in South Africa to enable it to produce and export its new Ranger pickup trucks to 148 countries, mostly in Africa and Europe.

“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered by our responsibility to the vehicle, to our customers and their safety,” Nemeth added. “As a result of the day-to-day commitment, products that meet such high quality demands also require high standards from people producing them. We’re investing in the continuous training and education of our employees.

“Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment prior to the commencement of training. The successful candidates underwent stringent classroom and on-the-job training; they are now equipped to build high quality Rangers.”

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