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Chicago’s Ford Assembly Plant to Add Third Shift, 1,100 New Jobs

Tuesday, Chicago’s Ford assembly plant announced that a third work shift will be added, and will create about 1,100 additional jobs.

In 2008, the plant was cut to just once shift due to the recession, but added the second shift back in 2010.

The plant has not had a third shift in nearly 20 years, and the addition of the third shift could bring plant employment to a historic level.

Carlo Bishop, president of United Auto Workers Local 551, told the NW Indiana Times, “You’re creating jobs, the economy’s getting better, you’re generating more membership. It’s a big task, but it’s a good situation to be in.”

The Local 551 represents the hourly employees at the plant.

Mayor Emanuel agreed with Bishop Tuesday, saying, “This is a victory for Ford, a victory for workers, and a victory for Chicago. It will not only create new jobs and unleash new prosperity in Chicago, but the company’s commitment to manufacture fuel-efficient cars and trucks will help pave the way towards a more energy-independent future.”