CHICAGO Ford Motor Co.
plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers at its U.S. operations
this year, while General Motors Co. will hire some 1,000
high-tech workers to staff a new information technology (IT)
innovation center in Georgia.
Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford said
this will be the largest influx of new salaried workers in more
than a decade and was spurred by the need to support new
Ford added more than 8,100
combined hourly and salaried jobs in the United States last
year as the automaker boosted production capacity and expanded
engineering, manufacturing and other functions, it said. About
1,000 of the positions were hourly jobs brought back to the
United States from offshore locations, including from suppliers
in Japan and Mexico.
Ford promised to deliver 12,000
new U.S. jobs by 2015 as part of its 2011 contract with the
United Auto Workers union, the company said.
Detroit-based GM, meanwhile, is
hiring software developers, project managers, database experts,
business analysts and other professionals for a new technology
center in Roswell, Ga. It has already hired more than 700 IT
specialists to work at similar centers in Austin, Texas, and
GM has been bringing more IT functions in-house, driving
costs lower while increasing the speed at which new products
and services reach consumers, GM said.