The Ford Kansas City Assembly plant has been in operation since 1951, employing over 7,000 people currently and churning out a large number of vehicles over the years – including more than one million Ford Transit vans. Regardless, as it finds itself in the midst of a major EV pivot, FoMoCo is also investing $3.7 billion in its Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri assembly plants to support the production of new models and add thousands of jobs. At least some of that money recently went to the Ford Kansas City Assembly plant, which just received an asphalt surface overhaul.
This project is part of $1 billion that Ford has committed to spend over five years to improve the workplace environment at U.S. plants. A large number of dump trucks, asphalt pourers, and graters have been working on the repaving job for a while now, resurfacing the main lanes, as well as various other areas around the plant.
“They’re doing a great job of sprucing up and servicing the roadways and parking lots,” said Chad Barrett, a millwright in the Transit Paint department. “I had been in Truck Paint and recently transferred over here and I’ve noticed how it makes such a difference in driving forklifts across the surface. It doesn’t tear up the equipment anymore. There was real improvement made to the Truck Paint department driveway as well because it had been very cratered. They resurfaced the roadway strip from Truck Body to Truck Paint and it has made a huge difference.”
“Kansas City Assembly Plant, in partnership with Ford Land, has identified multiple areas that require asphalt or cement repair,” said Plant Engineering Manager Jef Magee. “These areas have been prioritized based on critical nature and overall employee use.”