Ford Motor Company has announced that it will be hiring 5,000 people, including 3,300 white-collar workers in the US and 6,000 workers in Asia next year. Many of the Asian hirees are expected to be employed at the company’s soon-to-be opened Changan Ford Assembly Plant and Changan Transmission Plant in Chongqing, China, which is expected to increase the company's production capacity in that country by 300,000 units next year. Other jobs will be available at Ford’s Camacari Engine Plant in Brazil as well.
The recruitment drive represents an increase of close to 7% of Ford's total workforce and is the biggest hiring push the firm has made since 2000, according to Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, who expects 2014 to be “the busiest product year in Ford’s 111-year history,” and will include an aggressive rollout of 23 new models. 16 of those, including the new re-vamped Mustang, Transit Connect van and Lincoln MKC small utility are being targeted for sale in the United States.