Now Hiring: Ford Focus Suppliers Add 5,500 New Auto-Related Jobs

Ford Focus 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.

Such is the case with Ford's new Focus, a global car that is expected to add at least 5,500 new jobs to the economy.

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.

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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 job openings, simply Google the companies mentioned and go to their "jobs," "careers," or "employment" pages. Who knows? You just might be able to add a little "Focus" to your career.

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March 02 2011 at 2:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 02 2011 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven R. Russell

Good for Ford!

May God Bless them Richly, and may God Almighty Bless the United States of America.

2 Chronicles 7:14.

March 02 2011 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To anyone who says Fords are bad,try looking at ConsumerReports buying guide.You will find a lot more BETTER THAN AVERAGE reliability ratings for Fords vs GM,MOPAR,&German cars.Asian cars only get a little higher rating than Fords.As an auto tech with over 40 years experence I have always liked Fords better than GM & Chrysler products.Even Hyundai's quality has been excellent the past few years.Acura/Honda is the best.I think its pretty funny that KULP bad mouths his ford so he gets a TOYOTA,the RECALL KING !!!!

March 02 2011 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The longer Obama is in office...the b-e-t-t-e-r I like "FORD"!!!

March 02 2011 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I work for a Japanese company making parts in the US for Detroit cars. Global is nothing new to the automotive industry. Why don't the "big three" buy US-made parts? Because many of the US manufacturer's decided to buy up all their competitors, consolidate, then outsource the manufacturing overseas before ultimately selling off the "what's left" or just simply shutting down. Manufacturing things take time and effort, better to just shuffle things around, take the money and run. It's how business is done now. And for those who aren't in the automotive business, the "cash for clunkers" program that Obama put into effect worked. Cars got sold, which put the car-makers back to work, which put the parts suppliers back to work, which put the electronics industry back to work. Anyone that say that Obama's stimulus package was a bust is either blowing smoke for political means, has their head in the sand, or is too ignorant or lazy to think for themselves and would rather pass some of that smoke along.

March 01 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How is it some people read a story and cannot comprehend what they read. Is it any wonder the country is in the condition it is. The article says the Focus is a global vehicle for markets other than the U.S. As someone who worked for Ford for years and have owned many Ford products I think this is great news. Unfortunately their are those who are so negative and would like the American manufacturers to fail that they would never say anything positive.

March 01 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to bobtheponyman's comment

So you're one of the cats who helped build some of the sorry Fords I've owned. The last few were so sorry I've since switched to Toyota and haven't been sorry for doing it yet. The last good Fords were made from the early 1960's to the early 1970's then they forgot what they were doing.

March 01 2011 at 9:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


March 02 2011 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did your read the article? It is a global car being sold all over the world. They are buying parts (including the U.S.) from all over the world. Because it is now a one car for all countries it will increase the dollars in parts from the U.S.

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I think the word you were looking for was "doesn't", Dumb ass. One of the main reasons the United States is losing jobs to other countries is that we have ignorant people like yourself trying to work for companies that would rather have literate people working for them. If nothing else, use your spell check so you don't look like a complete imbecile.

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