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Ford Strengthens Position as ‘America’s Automaker’ with Most Hourly Workers, US-Assembled Vehicles and Exports

  • Ford leads all automakers in U.S. production volume1, exports and U.S. hourly autoworker employment for the fifth straight year; nearly 80 percent of vehicles Ford sells in the U.S. are assembled in America, data2 from S&P Global Mobility 2022 shows
  • Over the next three years, Ford and partners have already committed to add 18,000-plus new U.S. manufacturing jobs across Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri as part of its commitment to building in America
  • Ford employs about 57,000 hourly manufacturing workers in the U.S. and exported more than 260,000 American-assembled vehicles to other countries in 20223 – both more than any other automaker










DEARBORN, Mich., April 10, 2023 – Ford Motor Company has solidified its position as the No. 1 automaker in terms of vehicles assembled1, hourly autoworkers employed in America and vehicles exported from America to other countries3, according to new 2022 data from S&P Global Mobility.

Building on its multi-year leadership in investing and building in the United States, Ford has already committed plans to add 18,000-plus new U.S. manufacturing jobs over the next three years to produce electric and gas-powered vehicles.

“Ford is the most American of all car companies. It is because of our belief in our workforce and in America that we build more vehicles and have more hourly employees here than other companies. As we pivot to an EV future, we are proud to continue to invest in America.”

-Bill Ford, Ford executive chair

In 2022, Ford assembled more than 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S.,130,000 more than the nearest auto manufacturer2. This includes the best-selling F-Series truck franchise, every single one of which is assembled in America at plants in Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio. The Illinois-assembled Explorer SUV and Kentucky-assembled Escape SUV remain two other popular models.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of the vehicles Ford sells in U.S. are assembled in the U.S.2






In 2022, Ford exported 260,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles3 – including F-150, Explorer and Mustang – to other countries, 65,000 more than the next closest competitor. Approximately 1 in every 7 vehicles that Ford assembles in the U.S. is now exported to other markets4.

“Ford has bet on American workers, including the UAW, more than any other automaker. This commitment combined with great product and innovation, has earned us the loyalty of customers and returned Ford to America’s best-selling brand so far this year. We could make different decisions – as many others have done to reduce costs – but Ford is different.  We will find ways to be lean and competitive while investing in our home market.”

-Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO

Recently announced new U.S. jobs include:

  • Nearly 2,000 at three Michigan assembly plants – to produce F-150 Lightning at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, the all-new Ranger pickup at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and the all-new Mustang at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, plus an all-new Ford Customer Service Division packaging facility in Monroe

  • Approximately 1,800 union jobs at Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake to assemble an all-new EV commercial vehicle starting mid-decade

  • 6,000 at Blue Oval City in West Tennessee to build Ford’s second-generation electric truck and to build EV batteries with partner SK On  

  • 5,000 with partner SK On at BlueOval SK Battery Park in Glendale, Kentucky for future Ford and Lincoln EV batteries  

  • 2,500 – to start – through a wholly owned subsidiary at BlueOval Battery Park Michigan in Marshall, Michigan, for production of lithium iron phosphate EV batteries

  • Additionally, a new third shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant to increase production of the Transit, America’s best-selling commercial van5, and the E-Transit electric van, began last week. Ford previously said the third shift would result in 1,100 union jobs

1Based on S&P Global Mobility CYE 2022 US Light Vehicle Production data.  

2Based on S&P Global Mobility CYE 2022 total vehicle new US light vehicle registration data and CYE 2022 US Light Vehicle Production data.

3Based on S&P Global Mobility CYE 2022 Export and Import Sourcing Module data.

4Based on S&P Global Mobility CYE 2022 US Light Vehicle Production data and CYE 2022 Export and Import Sourcing Module data.

5Based on S&P Global Mobility New Registrations data CY2014-CYE 2023, which is compiled from government and other sources and captures 95 percent of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries as reported in March 2023 Transit family-based volumes of vans, wagons, chassis cabs and cutaways include Ford Transit, Transit Custom. Excludes Transit Connect and Transit Courier.



About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams.  The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for customers and deepen their loyalty.  Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, along with connected services.  The company does that through three customer-centered business segments:  Ford Blue, engineering iconic gas-powered and hybrid vehicles; Ford Model e, inventing breakthrough EVs along with embedded software that defines exceptional digital experiences for all customers; and Ford Pro, helping commercial customers transform and expand their businesses with vehicles and services tailored to their needs.  Additionally, Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  Ford employs about 176,000 people worldwide.  More information about the company and its products and services is available at

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