2015 Ford F-150 Production Expanding to Kansas City Plant - Video
How Employees Prepared for the All-Aluminum Pickup
With production of the 2015 Ford F-150 in full swing and consumer interest and demand speeding up, Ford will be transitioning its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri to build the all-new aluminum-bodied pickup. However, as with the Dearborn Truck Plant, converting one of the world’s largest auto production facilities to build such a radically different vehicle has taken significant time and preparation on the part of Ford and its employees.
In a new video (embedded below), Ford explained part of the process it underwent in converting Kansas City into a team player in terms of F-150 production. Training for both plants’ conversion began in May 2013, involving more than 8,000 skilled trade and production workers. The intensive program required more than 400 hours of hands-on and in-class courses, covering everything from installing production line equipment to putting together the truck’s advanced electrical control system.
Many of the participants in the program became subject matter experts on various aspects of the F-150’s production, allowing them to train their own coworkers and disseminate information more quickly. This “train-the-trainer” aspect of the program also allows Ford employees to learn from and teach the people they’ll work with on a daily basis, which has got to help with employee communication and morale.
As you might know, Ford needed an extensive refresh of its truck manufacturing plants to prepare for the 2015 F-150. The “classic” 2014 F-150 was produced in Kansas City while 2015 production ramped up in Dearborn. This prevented the need to idle both plants, ensuring that dealers and customers had a ready supply of the hot-selling truck at the ready if desired. However, with both American F-150 factories now cranking out aluminum pickups, Ford will hopefully be able to keep up with demand for the award-winning F-150.