Ford Motor Company announced plans to hire 2,200 salaried workers in the U.S. in 2013. The hiring is in addition to the more than 8,100 combined hourly and salaried jobs Ford added in the U.S. in 2012.
According to Ford, the company now is more than halfway to the 12,000 new U.S. jobs it committed to deliver by 2015 as part of its 2011 contract with the United Auto Workers. Some of those hourly jobs represent in-sourcing: bringing jobs back to the U.S. from other countries.
Ford says the new salaried positions will be located in Michigan and other Ford facilities across the country.
Ford's declining market share and sales volume resulted in negative cash flow and the company racked up $30 billion in debt. In 2008 the company lost $13 billion - the biggest annual loss in the company's history. With the company on the brink of bankruptcy, Bill Ford, Jr. wisely stepped down from his position as CEO and recruited Allan Mulally from Boeing Aircraft Company.
Mulally's mission was simple but daunting: keep the company out of bankruptcy and save the Ford family's legacy. Under Mulally's leadership, the company launched an aggressive - and painful restructuring plan.
By the time Ford's restructuring was complete, Ford had shed some 40,000 hourly and salaried employees and closed 14 plants. Ford also divested the company's ownership of upscale European nameplates like Volvo, Range Rover, Aston Martin and Jaguar, reduced its stake in Mazda, sold Hertz Rental Car Company, closed dealerships and eliminated the Mercury brand.
Ford's captive finance arm, Ford Motor Credit Company, shed thousands of workers and closed branch offices and business centers.
This latest announcement represents the first expansion of Ford’s salaried ranks in over a decade. The added employment will boost Michigan's economy which has been plagued with persistent high unemployment. All Ford salaried job openings are posted on the Ford Careers website at www.careers.ford.com.