Ford Hands Michigan Sliver of Good News
Automaker will hire more than expected this year, with most jobs located in the state
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2013 9:57 AM CDT
In this Dec. 14, 2011 photo, a line worker moves an engine on the assembly line for a Ford Focus at the Ford Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Mich.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – The news cycle has been a rough one for Michigan of late, which makes this announcement from Ford quite welcome. The automaker yesterday said that it would hire 800 more salaried workers than it had expected to in the US this year—and of the 3,000 total jobs, between 85% and 90% would be located in Michigan. Further, a rep says the company hopes to draw workers from Seattle and the Silicon Valley to Michigan, and will make use of the state's "Pure Michigan" campaign in its effort to do so. The Free Press reports that many of the open positions are for IT specialists, as Ford works to improve its not-universally-loved MyFord Touch infotainment system.

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Jul 24, 2013 10:57 PM CDT
I'll never buy another Ford as their customer service is utter crap. After having to have my PCM replaced due to a KNOWN issue and being covered by the Federal Emissions Warranty, they say only the Dealership can do the work. As I don't have much choice in the matter I take it to the dealership and I have to fight with Ford to get them to honor the warranty. Their customer service very unknowledgeable and wasn't even aware of the Federal Emissions Warranty. Even then, the dealership charges me over 1K because they say that they are required to replace all the coil packs which isn't covered. I told them I only wanted what was covered by the warranty done. Ford customer service kept giving me excuse after excuse. First I get the "there's no recall" so we can't help you. Then they say the "dealers are our eyes and ears" so they have to go by what the dealer says. So basically I had to pay 1K to replace a part that was under warranty. Never, ever, buy Ford. They and the crooked dealerships will work their hardest to screw you over.
Jul 24, 2013 3:16 PM CDT
I've had Dodge Caravans mostly. Maintenance free. Keep them for years. Never a major problem - but then - I drive gently... Not like these maniacs you see on the road...
Jul 24, 2013 2:35 PM CDT
I buy Ford for two reasons: 1. They still build a VEHICLE, not a fluffy girly bedroom with wheels. 2. They refused gummunt control. Now that they have gotten rid of $65/hr bolt tighteners, they are doing well.