CHICAGO Ford Motor Co. plans to spend $150 million to upgrade its stamping plant in Hamburg, N.Y., just outside Buffalo.
The 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 facilities.
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 long-term viability."