Ford has announced it will spend $1 billion to update its assembly and stamping plants in Chicago while adding 500 new jobs.
According to reports, the automaker will begin updates March and be completed by the end of spring. They will be building new body and paint shops at the facility and modifying the assembly area. The improvements will include 3D printed tools and new robots to inspect electrical connections during the manufacturing process. The improvements have become necessary as Ford prepares to launch three new SUVS, a redesigned Explorer, a redesigned Lincoln Aviator and a new police interceptor.
Ford has claimed it is the top producer and leading exporter of vehicles in the United States. The automaker built almost 2.4 million vehicles in 2018.