Ford will add more than 7,000 jobs at US factories over the next two years, the Detroit News reports. The auto giant expects to add 4,000 factory jobs in 2011 and another 2,500 in 2012, along with about 750 coordinating positions, as demand continues to grow for domestic automakers. "Working with our partners, including the UAW, Ford is finding competitive ways to engineer and build even more high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles with technologies American consumers really want," says the president of Ford's American division.
Ford weathered the economic downturn best of the Big Three, but has still had significant hurdles to overcome as a steep drop in domestic demand hit an industry already significantly weakened from overseas competition. After thousands of layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, Ford was solidly profitable last year.