Now Hiring: Ford Focus Suppliers Add 5,500 New Auto-Related Jobs
One of the important things to remember about the recovery of the American auto industry is that when one model is a hit, it's not just good news for the specific manufacturer that puts it out -- it means more profits -- and more jobs -- for all the companies that provide parts.
Of the 310 suppliers in 22 countries making parts for the new Focus, many are adding jobs, facilities and equipment in local communities to produce the vehicle. Others have been able to maintain employment levels without laying anyone off, as a result of Focus sourcing.
Although the Focus was developed in Europe for sale in more than 120 markets worldwide, much of the production is taking place the company's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. Here are some examples of major Ford suppliers in the United States that are expanding or maintaining operations to supply key components to support the Focus launch:
Robert Bosch LLC will supply control units, fuel rail assemblies, high pressure pumps, sensors, throttle body assemblies, fuel delivery modules, engine cooling modules, alternators, front and rear wiper systems, airbag control devices, multi-functional displays, and AC/DC converters.
Continental will supply brake components, engine control parts, cameras for lane departure warning and lane keeping assists, high-beam controls, traffic sign recognition systems, short-range lidar sensors for emergency braking during city driving, door control units, access control systems, tires, hoses, axle boots and steering gaiters. Continental is adding 60 jobs at their U.S. locations. They are currently expanding their Henderson, N.C., facilities.
Faurecia will be supplying instrument panels, consoles, door panel parts and hot-end emissions control components. Faurecia is adding 350 jobs in the United States and Mexico, as well as at facilities in South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. All told, Faurecia has 1,600 employees supporting Focus production and has committed $185 million for its industrial and development efforts.
Johnson Controls (JCI) will supply seat systems and instrument clusters. JCI is expanding at its Bridgewater Interiors joint venture in Detroit.
TRW Automotive is supplying electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) systems. TRW is adding 115 jobs at its U.S. plants. It is also adding a new assembly line to support Focus production in Marion, Va., with supporting equipment being produced in Rogersville, Tenn.
Tenneco will supply cold-end emission control systems, resonators, underbody converters, catalysts, diesel particulate filters, and front and rear shock absorbers. Tenneco is supporting Focus production from a facility in Marshall, Mich.
Visteon Corp is supplying climate, electronics, interior and lighting components. Visteon is adding 133 jobs at facilities in the United States, Mexico and China.
Focus production is also having an impact in local communities as midsize suppliers expand. Flex-N-Gate, a minority-owned supplier of fascias, is adding 87 workers at its facility in Evart, Mich.; Inergy, which produces fuel tanks, is adding 30 jobs at its facility in Adrian, Mich.; and Piston Automotive, a minority-owned supplier of cooling module assemblies, is adding 16 jobs at its facility in Redford, Mich.
For information about any of these, simply Google the companies mentioned and go to their "jobs," " ," or "employment" pages. Who knows? You just might be able to add a little "Focus" to your career.
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