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Ford Pumps $1.3 Billion into Truck Plant to Produce 2017 F-Series Super

December 3, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, News, Technology
Ford Invests $1.3 Billion in Truck Plant to Produce 2017 F-Series Super

Ford Motor Co., said this week it is investing $1.3 billion in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the launch of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty truck, which it calls the most capable Super Duty truck lineup ever.

Ford is investing $1.3 billion for an all-new body shop, facility upgrades and retooling to build the new aluminum-bodied Super Duty truck at Kentucky Truck Plant. Add to that the $80 million invested in 2014 to the demand for Super Duty trucks and $129 million to support Lincoln MKC production at Louisville Assembly Plant, and Ford has invested more than $1.5 billion in the commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Louisville in the past two years.

The Kentucky Truck Plant produces F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs, as well as Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. The plant has produced more than five million Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999.

Ford began manufacturing vehicles in Kentucky in 1913 with 11 employees. Kentucky Truck Plant, which opened in 1969, covers 6 million square feet and employs close to 4,400 people.

The 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup and chassis cab lineup features a high-strength steel frame; segment-first, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body; and stronger axles, springs and suspension.

There are 16 class-exclusive new features and up to seven cameras to make Super Duty the ultimate tow vehicle; and adaptive steering technology makes maneuvering easier. Ford-engineered, Ford-built gasoline and diesel engines and transmissions power the all-new Super Duty lineup that tows and hauls more than ever.

There are five models in the Super Duty lineup: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum. The all-new Super Duty goes on sale late next year.