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Ford, GM announce hiring plans

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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 product offerings.

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 Warren, Mich.

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.

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