Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Photo of F-150 production courtesy of Ford.

Ford is adding 1,550 jobs to four production facilities to meet the growing demand for the 2015 F-150 pickup, Ford has announced.

The new employees will begin staffing the Kansas City Assembly, Dearborn Stamping, Dearborn Diversified, and Sterling Axle facilities during the first quarter of 2015.

Of the 1,550 new jobs, 900 are allocated for Kansas City Assembly and 500 will be added between Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified. The remaining 150 jobs will go to Sterling Axle. In 2014, Ford added 5,000 hourly jobs across its U.S. manufacturing facilities. 

With these new jobs, Ford has reached its entry-level allowance outlined in the 2011 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement, according to Ford. Approximately 300 to 500 workers — the first group of "new traditional" employees — will transition to $28.50 an hour from their entry-level wage of $19.28 an hour. The majority of these employees work at Kansas City, Chicago and Louisville assembly facilities.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet