Ford Switches Up Kansas City F-150 Transport Contracts

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Union contract stipulation protects hundreds of jobs and makes F-150 transportation shift seamless.

If you’ve never take a tour of the Rouge in Dearborn or visited Ford’s Kansas City F-150 plant, let us assure you, it’s a sight to behold. You can probably already imagine how much coordination and careful planning it takes to build a vehicle Americans scoop up every few seconds. And a big part of that effort is simply transporting the finished product from plant to railyard, According to the Kansas City Business Journal, the Blue Oval has decided to shake up the way it handles that part of the business in the City of Fountains.

Ford chose not to renew contracts with both Claycomo Releasing Inc. and Cassens Transport Co., both of which had previously shipped completed F-150 pickups from the KC Assembly Plant to a railhead off Missouri Highway 210. On the surface, the move seems like very bad news for the 205 people whose jobs are affected. But a union agreement protects 191 of those employees. That stipulation allows them to seamlessly shift to the new contractor, Jack Cooper Transport Co.

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That little detail is a win for both sides. Ford cranks out 63 F-150 trucks an hour at its Kansas City plant, a mammoth undertaking. Transport truckers can only haul about seven of those pickups at a time. And each trip takes a hour round trip. Clearly, there’s little room for error. “They’re very good at their jobs,” said Ralph Stubbs, local Teamster president. “If you ever have a chance to watch them in action, you should do it. It’s impressive.”

So while the mainstream media might position a move like this as negative, Ford’s F-150 transport shift is anything but. More than likely, the move saves them some money, if nothing else.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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