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Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant Gets Repaved

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.”

We’ll have more on the Ford Kansas City Assembly plant and all of the automaker’s production facilities soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JBbooky

    My ’50 Custom Tudor was built at the old KC plant, back when cars had chrome plated bumpers and steel dashboards, not plastic. Need to visit the site someday.

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  2. RWFA

    Nice to see the upgrades to both the working surfaces and the general aesthetic of the plant.

    Like all older Ford plants, the entry there already looked tired and ratty in the 1990’s (you can see it in the pic links below the article), the new grey fascia on the administrative entrance looks fresh and elegant.

    In the early 2000’s Ford spent some money to upgrade the buildings in its engineering and HQ campus in Dearborn. But even some of those buildings were tired after 50 years.

    Some buildings like the the NAAO building (by then used for Purchasing and Quality staffs, but formerly the Ford Div building, a mini Glass House curtain wall style building, was torn down rather than renovate.)

    I used to think of the Dearborn campus in comparison to the then new Chrysler Technical Center in Auburn Hills and think Ford would do well to tear everything down and start over because having everything under one roof is a competitive advantage.

    Sadly Ford never did that but at least they are replacing outdated buildings with modern campus elements (but the idea of the open campus they are heading for only works really well for only half a year because of local cold weather climate.)

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