Ford investing $50 million in Chicago to build hybrids
Ford Motor is investing $50 million and converting 450 temporary union workers to full-time at its Chicago Assembly Plant to handle final assembly of the electrified versions of its Explorer and Aviator crossovers.
The move, which takes effect in the fourth quarter, allows Ford to free the main line at Chicago Assembly for gasoline versions of both vehicles.
The move could lead to increased production in 2020.
The temporary workers being converted to full-time will come from the Chicago Assembly Plant and the Chicago Stamping Plant, and Ford plans to hire more workers to replace them.
The Explorer and Aviator share a new rear-wheel-drive platform.
The Explorer will come with a hybrid option while the Aviator will get a plug-in hybrid model, called the Aviator Grand Touring.