Ford Adds Workers, Investment to Back MKC Output

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Ford has beefed up its workforce and investment at a Kentucky plant to support production of its new Lincoln SUV as the automaker looks to reinvigorate its luxury brand.

The company said Monday it added 300 workers and invested another $129 million in Louisville Assembly Plant, where Ford makes the Lincoln MKC and Ford Escape.

Ford invested $600 million in 2010 to renovate the factory that churned out Explorers for decades until production was shifted elsewhere.

The updates gave the plant the flexibility to assemble multiple models at the same time without requiring downtime for tooling changeovers.

With the 300 new jobs, the plant's hourly workforce has climbed to about 4,700.

MKC production began in May. It's the second of four new Lincoln vehicles being introduced by 2016.

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