Ford Begins Production of 2018 Expedition at Kentucky Plant
Company celebrates production launch and surprises a Hurricane Harvey survivor.
Recently, Ford had a huge media event at a Kentucky manufacturing plant to highlight the launch of production for two vehicles. The vehicle that caught our attention was the 2018 Ford Expedition (the plant will also produce the similar Lincoln Navigator). The launch of production is particularly notable this year because the 2018 Expedition marks the first major design overhaul in decades for the large SUV. However, the day wasn’t all about trucks.
Ford’s Operations President, Joe Hinrichs, was on hand at the Kentucky truck plant to also talk about the huge investment that his company has made in the local Louisville economy. Just recently, Ford has pledged a $2 billion investment for the local plant, to better produce the new F-Series trucks, Expeditions, and Navigators. The investment will help add to the 7,700 employees that currently work at the 400-acre complex.
There was also a special guest in attendance. Rev. Develron Walker was invited by Ford to talk about a recent tragedy, Hurricane Harvey. Walker’s Houston church was damaged badly by the hurricane, as was his Nissan SUV. Previous to Harvey, Walker used that lost SUV daily to deliver food and help those in need before Harvey.
Ford invited Walker to the event. He was under the impression that he’d be giving a speech. However, he was amazed when Ford gifted him a brand new 2018 Expedition. “I had no idea,” he said, in an interview with the local Courier Journal. “It gives us a new lifeline and gives us an opportunity” to get back to reaching out beyond the small congregation.
All said, it was a great day for Ford. They are launching what is sure to be a very popular vehicle model, they highlighted the great things they’re doing for the local Louisville community, and gave a deserving man an amazing gift. Not bad for the Blue Oval.