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Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant

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Kansas City Assembly Plant
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General information
LocationClaycomo, Missouri
CountryUnited States
Coordinates39°12′08″N 94°28′50″W / 39.202329°N 94.480534°W / 39.202329; -94.480534
Opened1951
OwnerFord Motor Company
Website
Ford
US President George W. Bush visiting the plant on March 20, 2007, to tout new hybrid cars and his energy policy.
US President George W. Bush visiting the plant on March 20, 2007, to tout new hybrid cars and his energy policy.

Kansas City Assembly Plant (KCAP) is a Ford Motor Company automobile assembly facility which produces the Ford F-150 and the Ford Transit. Located in Claycomo, Missouri, United States, the plant is about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Kansas City, Missouri. The plant consists of 4.7 million square feet (440,000 m2) of production space and employs approximately 7,000 hourly workers represented by the United Auto Workers Local 249.[citation needed][when?] It is the largest car manufacturing plant in the United States in terms of vehicles produced.[citation needed][year needed]

Current

The 4,700,000-square-foot (440,000 m2) on 1,270 acres (5.1 km2) facility employs approximately 7,000 people. In addition to the main final assembly plant, KCAP also includes a stamping plant for the Ford Transit, a separate body shop and a separate paint shop for the Ford F-150. Plant tours were discontinued on September 12, 2001, the day after the September 11 attacks.

In December 2010 Ford announced it was moving the Ford Escape and Ford Escape Hybrid to the Louisville Assembly Plant, which underwent US$600 million in renovations. The move stirred fears that it could result in the loss of half the jobs at the 3,700-person plant.[1]

The Missouri state government had been anticipating changes at the plant. In 2010 the state passed the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act providing tax incentives for companies that invest in plants in the state by allowing them to keep employee withholding taxes. While the bill would benefit all industrial businesses it was specifically targeting the plant and was introduced by Missouri State Representative Jerry Nolte, whose district includes the plant.[2] Ford could save US$150 million over ten years if it invests in the plant.[3] The bill had been the subject of a filibuster by Missouri State Senator Chuck Purgason who objected to the favoritism extended to Ford and read aloud sections of Allan W. Eckert's The Frontiersman into the record.[4]

A day after the announcement of the move of the Escape, Ford said a yet-to-be-announced line would replace the Escape. In 2011, Ford said it would spend US$1.1 billion on additions and upgrades, including a new stamping plant.[5] In 2012, it was announced that the plant would be the North American lead production site for the new Ford Transit, which replaced the discontinued Ford E-Series vans.

Products

Kansas City Assembly Plant opened in 1951 for military production. Converted to auto assembly in 1956, it began production as a civilian vehicle assembly plant in 1957. Since then, KCAP has built the following vehicles:

Current products

Former products

References

  1. ^ James Dornbrook (2010-03-14). "Ford to move Escape work from Missouri". St. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2010-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-12-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-01-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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