Ford Motor Co is adding more than 2,000 jobs at a factory near Kansas City, Mo., following growth in the U.S. housing and oil sectors which prompted a boom in truck sales.
Spurred by a rebound in housing and construction, trucks have become the hottest segment of the U.S. auto industry so far this year, with sales outpacing passenger cars by a wide margin this year.
The plant currently has 2,450 workers on two shifts. Some of the additional jobs are transfers but more than 1,000 will be new hires.
"The truck segment is growing three times faster than the overall industry, the housing market is strengthening, and we are seeing growth in the U.S. economy," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, according to the Associated Press.
Ford said Thursday it would add 900 jobs at the factory in the third quarter to build more F-series trucks. The pickup is the best selling vehicle of any type in the U.S.
Ford says it promised the United Auto Workers union in the 2011 contract that it would create 12,000 hourly jobs in the U.S. by 2015. Hirirchs says the Kansas City announcement means Ford has hit 9,000 of those jobs.