Ford: We'll Add 12K Jobs Over 3 Years
2,350 jobs in 2013 for Michigan alone
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2012 8:33 AM CST
Assemblyman Mark Lynett lifts an inverter system converter for a hybrid vehicle on the assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., Nov. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

(Newser) – Ford announced a three-year, $6.2 billion expansion plan today, which includes adding 12,000 jobs nationally—2,350 of those in Michigan in the next year, reports the Detroit News. A variety of Michigan car and part plants will see a $773 million infusion next year, which aims to upgrade facilities currently operating over 100% capacity and increase production. "These investments, many of which are already under way, will ensure our southeast Michigan manufacturing facilities can support our aggressive growth plans," said a company official.

The investments represent promises made to the United Auto Workers during contract negotiations in 2011. "We're absolutely on track with all of the commitments," says the vice president for manufacturing in North America.