Kansas City Assembly Plant Getting Ready to Start Cranking Out F-150s
When I was in grad school, I was only able to take a certain amount of business calculus before I nodded off (that amount was: very little). I just didn’t find the subject interesting. Then again, I wasn’t learning how to build the 2015 Ford F-150.
According to the company, “Since May 2013, more than 8,000 skilled trades and production workers at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant have undergone an intensive training program to support [the F-150’s] production.”
Once the KC facility is up and running by the end of the first quarter of this year, it will join forces with the Dearborn plant; the two locations will then be able to produce a combined 700,000+ F-150s annually for sale in 90 global markets.
The KC crew needs special training first, though. That includes more than 400 hours of in-class and hands-on coursework. Employees will learn how to configure and install new equipment for the production line and how to construct the aluminum-bodied half-ton’s electrical control system.
They’ll even get a chance to train their trainers and become subject matter experts. They’ll need to be because 2015 F-150 construction involves the stamping of four different types of aluminum alloys, the hydroforming of metal tubes into strong support rails, and the chemical and heat treatment of materials for corrosion resistance and increased hardness.
I can imagine the KC plant, like the Dearborn location, will get or already has an aluminum assembly scrap recycling system, dirt-detecting automated paint shops, and new body shop robots that can perform cutting-edge riveting.
The Blue Oval’s preparation of its Kansas City Assembly Plant and workers for pumping out F-150s is well-timed because January marked the strongest month of sales for the F-Series since 2004. Last month, F-150s sat on dealer lots for only 12 days before being sold.
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