Ford creating new jobs to meet SUV demand

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Ford President: Customers want bigger SUVs and trucks

Ford Automotive President Joe Hinrichs on the company's shift toward SUVs and trucks.

Ford announced it is creating at least 450 more full-time jobs in Chicago to pump up production of its best-selling Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles.

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The move will turn current temporary jobs to full-time positions at the assembly and stamping plants.

In addition, more temporary workers are expected to be hired.

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The automaker says it will also spend $50 million on upgrading an assembly plant in Chicago that makes the Explorers used by police departments across the country.

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The new factory will reportedly allow Ford to build both the hybrid and gasoline-powered versions of the ever-popular SUVs at the same time.

"The real focus is getting these to customers more quickly.”

Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker/Crain's Chicago

The new wave of hiring at Ford in Chicago comes not long after the automaker spent $1 billion dollars and added 550 jobs in the area earlier this year.

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