Ford upgrading transmission plant to supply hybrid autos

Aug 07, 2012 | 12:05 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Ford Motor Co, Sterling Heights transmission plant, Jim Tetreault, hybrid vehicles, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Ford Motor Co. is upgrading its Van Dyke transmission plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., to create a flexible assembly line making front-wheel-drive hybrid transmissions.

Ford and its suppliers are investing $220 million so it will be able to manufacture the HF35 transmission and other fuel-efficient transmissions.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is hiring 225 hourly workers as part of the upgrade, with 130 already on board and the remainder joining by the end of August, increasing employment at the plant to 1,575.....

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