Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- "Ford Motor Co. said it has committed to add 12,000 hourly jobs in its U.S. manufacturing plants by 2015 as part of a four-year tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers.
The figure includes 5,750 more UAW jobs than a previously announced 6,250 hourly positions to be added by the end of 2012, Executive Vice President John Fleming said at a news conference in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford will be “in-sourcing” jobs from Mexico, China and Japan, the company said in a statement. The union said it will release details later today.
The majority of the 12,000 jobs Ford is adding will be workers making entry-level wages, said Marcey Evans, a Ford spokeswoman. Wages for those so-called Tier-2 workers have started at about $14 an hour, half of what senior workers make.
The second-largest U.S. automaker earned $4.95 billion in the first half of the year, as fuel-efficient models like the Fiesta subcompact attracted buyers. Ford’s U.S. light-vehicle sales are up 11 percent this year through September, ahead of the industrywide gain of 10 percent.
Ford earned $9.28 billion in the past two calendar years after $30.1 billion in losses from 2006 through 2008. The automaker borrowed $23.4 billion in late 2006, putting up all major assets including its blue oval logo as collateral. That helped Ford avoid the bankruptcies and bailouts that befell the predecessors of GM and Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler."
1. Of course, one of the main reasons for the 12,000 jobs being "in-sourced" to the U.S. from China and Mexico is the new 2-tiered wage structure that allows Ford to bring in new workers at a more competitive, realistic, market-based wage of $14 per hour. This increased domestic production and hiring is part of a trend that will continue as part of the renaissance of American manufacturing predicted by the Boston Consulting Group.
2. Ford lost money in 2006 (-$12.6 billion on sales of 2.73 million vehicles) and 2007 (-$2.7 billion on vehicle sales of 2.4 million). Ford is now profitable and earned $6.5 billion last year on sales of only 1.93 million units, and it made almost $5 billion in profits during the first half of this year on a sales pace about the same as last year. Greater cost efficiencies and lower labor costs have translated into higher profits for the automaker, despite unit sales that are almost 30% below the 2006 level.
HT: Buddy Pacifico