Aug 24, 2012
Ford to create 800 new jobs at PE, Pretoria plantsBack
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FMCSA would add a second shift to its Silverton plant, in Pretoria, where the Ranger pick-up is assembled, and a third shift at its pick-up diesel-engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, to accommodate a ramp-up in production. Training of potential employees to fill the new positions began in June this year.
“In order to meet continued strong demand in South Africa and abroad, we are adding shifts to our operations, creating jobs and confirming our commitment to South Africa,” said FMCSA president and CEO Jeff Nemeth.
Ford last year wrapped up a R3.4-billion investment at its manufacturing and assembly plants in South Africa to enable it to produce and export its new Ranger pick-up to 148 countries, mostly in Africa and Europe.
As from 2011, FMCSA’s multivehicle, low-volume assembly programme, with limited exports, had been replaced with the Ranger as its single production focus.
“As part of the One Ford plan, and to maintain a viable and strategic presence in Southern Africa, we require a globally integrated supply chain and a highly trained workforce. We are pleased with the investments in South Africa and we are committed to having world-class facilities and standards.”
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