Motor Co. plans to spend $150 million to upgrade its stamping
plant in Hamburg, N.Y., just outside Buffalo.
2.45-million-square-foot plant, which opened in 1950, employs
more than 600 people producing doors, quarter panels, bodyside
inner and outer panels, hoods, fenders and floor pans.
The facility is
Fords only remaining standalone stamping plant; all the
others were either closed or integrated with assembly
The Hamburg plant is
closely tied with the Oakville, Ontario, assembly plant, where
Ford recently launched a $680-million improvement program (
amm.com, Sept. 20).
"This is an investment
that expands the (Hamburg) plants manufacturing
capabilities, ensures the relationship with the Oakville site,
and keeps western New Yorkers working to fill the growing
demand for the Ford F250, F-350, Flex, Edge, Focus and
Econoline, as well as the Lincoln MKX and MKT," Ford stamping
operations director Paul Kosaian said.
The investment program is "huge for the stamping plant, for
the United Auto Workers (UAW) members and the community," UAW
Region 9 director Scott Adams said. "This investment in new
machinery and lines will eventually lead to this plant
operating with nearly 1,000 employees. Thats tremendous
growth that really gives present and future workers some