Ford Invests $1.3 Billion in Kentucky Truck Plant [News]

Ford F-250 in front of the Kentucky Truck Plant
Ford F-250 in front of the Kentucky Truck Plant

Ford announced that it will be making a $1.3 billion investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant in advance of the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty.

The plant will be re-tooled to support the aluminum construction of the upcoming Super Duty. As part of this re-tooling, the plant will get an all-new body shop and facility upgrades.

The investment will also add 2,000 new jobs to the plant, which makes the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty pickups and chassis cabs along with the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

The plant opened in 1969 and now spans six million square feet and employs nearly 4,400 workers.

The new big Ford Super Duty will have the typical driver assistance technology that’s showing up in most new cars and trucks such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot detectors and lane departure warnings. It will also have up to seven cameras to help customers who use their trucks for towing.

It will come with a choice of engines including a 6.7-liter V-8 diesel, a 6.2-liter gasoline-powered V-8 and a 6.8-liter gasoline-powered V-10 on chassis cabs only.

The 2017 Super Duty will go on sale late next year and features a high-strength steel chassis and a military-grade, all-aluminum body. It will be available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models.

Check out this TFLtruck video of all you wanted to know about the 2017 Ford Super Duty:

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