CHICAGO (CBS) — Ford is spending $50 million and creating 450 full-time jobs at its Southeast Side assembly plant.
The move is intended to handle increased demand for new versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.READ MORE: Community Leaders Try To Find Home For Mural Dedicated To Murdered Young Activist
The automaker says it will upgrade a 200,000-square-foot building near its Chicago Assembly Plant where it now modifies Explorers into versions used by law enforcement. The main Chicago Assembly Plant is located at 12600 S. Torrence Ave.
Painted bodies will be sent from the assembly plant to the upgraded building, where workers will put together the Explorer hybrid, Aviator plug-in hybrid and police Explorers.READ MORE: Memorial Held For Beloved Barber Gunned Down On The Job In Lawndale
About 450 temporary jobs at the assembly and stamping plants will become full-time, and more temporary workers will be hired.
Explorer police vehicles will be modified at a different building nearby.
The investment is in addition to plans announced in February to spend $1 billion and add 500 jobs in Chicago.MORE NEWS: Goodman Theater Opens For The First Time In More Than A Year
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