Ford Invests $1.3 Billion in Kentucky Truck Plant for New Super Duty
Updates Include New Aluminum Body Shop
The 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty is literally and figuratively a big deal. The Super Duty, like the F-150, is one of the best-selling trucks in its segment, and the 2017 model is not merely a nip and tuck but a wholesale redesign, including, as expected, an aluminum alloy body. Such drastic changes also require some major updates to the manufacturing process. With a total investment of $1.3 billion in the Kentucky Truck plant, we’d say that qualifies as a major update.
Along with the facility upgrades, Ford is committing to hiring up to 2,000 additional workers as part of the Super Duty launch. The Kentucky Truck plant also builds the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. We’ve seen spyshots of the 2018 Expedition, and like its predecessor, it will borrow heavily from the F-150 in terms of styling and hardware. That being the case, the investment in the new aluminum body shop in the plant will help facilitate the launch of the new SUV as well. Since the Super Duty was introduced in 1999, the Kentucky Truck plant has manufactured more than 5 million Super Duty trucks. The Kentucky Truck plant originally opened in 1969 and covers 6 million square feet.