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350 additional jobs coming to Ford Kentucky Truck Plant

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Soon there will be souped-up production for Ford's Super Duty trucks. The company is investing $80 million into the Kentucky Truck Plant and adding 350 workers to increase manufacturing of the F-Series Super Duty truck and Lincoln Navigator.

Ford plans on boosting the amount of trucks produced annually by 55,000. The 15 percent increase in production is due to the increased demand for the truck, according to Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs.

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"We're hoping we'll continue to see growth in the US economy and grow truck sales which will allow us to invest even further, but this takes us up to one of our largest capacity plants in America," Hinrichs said.

The new jobs have already been filled by laid off and temporary workers. Ford Motor Company will receive an additional $50 million in state tax incentives made possible by Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority. Recent tax breaks brings the total to $290 million in state aid in trade for Ford's promised investment of up to $1.8 billion by 2017

"We have programs for our big manufacturing companies like a Ford Motor Company that will not only keep them here but grow, expand and hire more Kentuckians," Gov. Beshear said.

The 350 jobs brings the hourly UAW workforce to 4,157. That number doesn't include 209 salary employees at the plant. The positions pay $15.78 an hour

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