DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS) — Ford will add 6,200 factory jobs in Michigan, Missouri and Ohio as it prepares to build more electric vehicles and roll out two redesigned combustion-engine models.

The company says it will invest $3.7 billion in the three states, and it will convert about 3,000 temporary workers to full-time status with benefits.

The majority of the investment is coming to the mitten state. The company is investing $2 billion and creating 3,200 union jobs, including nearly 2,000 jobs throughout three assembly plants in Michigan.

Ford’s goal is to increase production of the F-150 Lightning electric truck in Dearborn, produce an all-new Ranger pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and an all-new Mustang coupe at Flat Rock Assembly Plant. 

“We are thrilled that Ford is advancing its long legacy in Michigan by investing $2 billion to create 3,200 good-paying UAW jobs,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I am proud that we came together to deliver economic development legislation that has helped us land huge projects creating thousands of jobs. With this announcement, Michigan has added nearly 25,000 auto jobs since I took office, and we continue to lead the future of mobility and electrification. Let’s continue in this spirit of collaboration to keep growing our economy, creating jobs, and advancing the future of mobility and electrification.”

Ford said Michigan has been its home for over 100 years and with this investment they are deepening their commitment to the state.

“From Henry Ford’s first automobile to today’s amazing all-electric F-150, Michigan has always led the way on innovation. Michigan workers are the best in the world and today’s announcement will help them lead the future of our auto industry. The great news for Michigan is that this investment will create thousands of good-paying jobs while helping to create the future’s electric vehicles and strengthen our supply chains.”

A factory near Cleveland will be expanded so it can build an unidentified new electric commercial vehicle, with 1,800 new jobs.

A plant in Claycomo, Missouri, near Kansas City, that makes big electric and combustion-engine vans will get a third shift of 1,100 workers.

OFFICIALS REACT

Senator Debbie Stabenow

“From Henry Ford’s first automobile to today’s amazing all-electric F-150, Michigan has always led the way on innovation. Michigan workers are the best in the world and today’s announcement will help them lead the future of our auto industry. The great news for Michigan is that this investment will create thousands of good-paying jobs while helping to create the future’s electric vehicles and strengthen our supply chains.”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake)

“Michigan, thanks in large part to Ford, has put the world on wheels for decades, and we intend to keep doing so for decades to come. Regardless of party, we’re all committed to doing whatever it takes to keep our title as the car capitol of the world,”

Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell)

“Michigan workers have the best skills, the most training and the strongest work ethic of anyone nationwide. They deserve the good-paying jobs and long-term commitment this project will provide,” said Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell). I look forward to going through the details of this plan with the Appropriations Committee and finalizing the agreement soon.” 

MEDC CEO and Michigan Strategic Fund President and Chair Quentin Messer Jr.

“Ford’s decision underscores the continuing vitality of our state’s EV and mobility sector Through a bipartisan and pragmatic approach, Team Michigan demonstrated again its commitment to winning the future of mobility and EV manufacturing here in Michigan,” said MEDC CEO and Michigan Strategic Fund President and Chair Quentin Messer Jr. “Michigan is competing aggressively to win every EV and mobility investment. We appreciate and are grateful for Ford’s continued vote of confidence in Michigan and their partnership on this economic win that will positively impact Michiganders across our state for decades to come.”   

UAW President Ray Curry

“This announcement is a testament to UAW members who contribute their skill, experience, and knowledge to the success of Ford Motor Company,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “We are always advocating to employers and legislators that union jobs are worth the investment. Ford stepped up to the plate by adding these jobs and converting 3000 UAW members to permanent, full-time status with benefits.” 

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint)

“Ford knows that the most talented and dedicated workers come from right here in Michigan. Today’s announcement is only possible when bold industry and government leaders share a commitment to the prosperity of our state and its people. The positive ripple effects of this major investment will be felt far and wide.”  

House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski(D-Scio Township) 

“When we funded the strategic outreach and attraction reserve fund in the legislature,  this is just the type of transformational investments we were aiming to bring to Michigan. These thousands of new, good-paying, union jobs represent not just a great contribution to our state’s economy but also meaningful, secure employment for thousands of households in our state— the kind of economic stability Michigan families need to thrive.”