After returning from essentially the brink of collapse during the recession, the American auto manufacturing sector is back in high gear, and with expansions will come new jobs in production facilities across the country.
According to The New York Times, Ford Motor Company was the latest to announce it will need additional workers to meet the soaring demand for fuel-efficiency cars and SUVs. The company said it plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Ohio, which produces small, turbo-charged engines for some of its best-selling vehicles. The expansion price tag has been set at $200 million, and when completed, it will need to place workers in 450 new positions.
But Ford isn't alone. Carmakers have been announcing expansions and new jobs all over the country, where auto sales have already risen 14 percent in 2013, compared with the same period in 2012. In Kansas, G.M. is planning to spend $600 million on a new assembly, and Chrysler will need new workers after it finishes adding a third assembly line to its Detroit Jeep factory.
But in addition to bringing on more workers - about 8,000 in 2012 - Ford says it is also working to reduce labor costs by boosting productivity at its new plants, including its new Ohio project.
This expansion has been noted in Tennessee, too, where Volkswagen is expected to boost production at its Chattanooga assembly facility. Most recently, state leaders have been working on free trade agreements that would allow the company to ship more cars to more countries.
"Of course, more cars means more jobs," said Guenther Scherelis, spokesman for Volkswagen Chattanooga.
To meet the rising demand for cars in North America, many facilities are turning to the help of performance-based contract staffing companies, which help manufacturers ensure new hires are properly trained and can ultimately lower operating costs.