Ford Is a Job Creator: 1,200 New Jobs at Kansas City Plant Are Added

When it comes to adding jobs to our economy, Ford is totally winning. Back in 2011, Ford told the United Auto Workers union it would add 12,000 hourly jobs by 2015. Well, 2015 is nearly here and that number already exceeds 14,000. Now, Ford has announced that it is adding 1,200 new jobs to the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

“The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, in a press release. “Adding a second shift to Kansas City Assembly Plant adds more jobs to this community, and it also helps deliver more Transit vehicles to more customers throughout North America.”

The 1,200 jobs at Kansas City Plant will create a second shift at the facility to support the Ford Transit, which is rapidly gaining in sales.

Since 2011, Ford has added 3,600 jobs at the Louisville Assembly Plant, 1,800 jobs at the Michigan Assembly Plant, 1,700 jobs at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, 600 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant, 230 jobs at the Chicago Stamping Plant, and more elsewhere.

Way to go, Ford, for helping so many people get back on their feet!

Surveillance Mode Technology Available to All

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Ford Interceptor

While the men and women of police departments across America are best known for serving and protecting, they themselves are sometimes in need of protection, which is where Ford steps in with the service of its award-winning Surveillance Mode technology.

The technology, which recently won the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executive’s Award at the organization’s 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition, is now available for all automakers to purchase in order to help keep police officers and military police officers safe in their day-to-day duties.

Surveillance Mode uses camera and radar to detect when someone is approaching a police vehicle from the rear. In response, it sounds a chime within the vehicle to alert the officer, rolls up the windows, locks the doors, and flashes the exterior lights.

Surveillance Mode, developed with InterMotive Inc., was previously only available on the Ford Police Interceptor. Opening the patent for purchase means that officers in vehicles of all makes will benefit from the invention.

surveillance mode technology“We want to assist with and improve the security of all police officers – whether they are using a Ford Police Interceptor or a competitive vehicle,” said Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance special vehicle engineering supervisor. “Combining existing Ford technologies with the development of a new control module and software has created an innovative system that improves security for police officers while they are in their vehicles.”

To check out what innovations and technologies Ford has to offer you, be sure to stop out to Friendly Ford and see what we have in stock.

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week

The third week of September has officially been named National Drive Electric Week.

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2014 Ford C-MAX Energi

If you’re interested in learning more about how to make the switch to an electric or hybrid car and how it will change your life, there are two Drive Electric events close to Roselle, Illinois. One is in Naperville and the other is in Chicago.

On Sunday, September 21, the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association will host a Ride & Drive event to showcase the benefits of living an electric vehicle (EV) lifestyle. The event will be held at the Naperville Car Test track from 1pm to 4pm. with many EV owners on-hand to answer questions.

For a larger event, head to Daley Plaza in Chicago on Friday, September 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There you can talk to EV experts and owners and even test drive a few EV cars yourself.

Once you have the information you need, check out the 2014 Ford C-MAX Energi that’s available now at Friendly Ford. The C-MAX Energi is a plug-in hybrid car that will give you up to 19 miles of electric-only driving on a fully-charged battery. When the battery is depleted, the car switches over to hybrid mode and uses both gas and electricity. All combined, this gives the C-MAX an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 38 mpg combined.

Will you be attending either Drive Electric Week event?

Number 1,964 Limited Edition Mustang Set for Auction

There are few cars that are more recognizable than the Ford Mustang. As the iconic pony car celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Ford has decided to celebrate its popularity by auctioning off a 50 Years Limited-Edition Ford Mustang. This special ‘Stang, which has the badge number 1,964 (the year the Mustang was brought to life) will be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson, with all proceeds going to Get Your Heart Racing, which supports Henry Ford Health System’s Edit and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car, said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. “The visceral look, sound, and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car—it is the heart and soul of Ford Motor Company.”

The number 1,964 Limited Edition Mustang is based on the 2015 Mustang GT. Along with this sexy car, the winner will also receive the VIP package to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Here, the preproduction unit of the 50 Years Limited Edition Mustang will be the official pace car.

While the 2015 Mustang isn’t available at dealerships yet, make sure to keep an eye on Friendly Ford’s dealership lots to ensure you don’t miss its arrival!