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Ford Opens Flat Rock Assembly Plant for Mustang and Fusion Production

Ford is celebrating the opening of the Flat Rock Assembly plant that will support the production of the Mustang and the all-new Ford Fusion.

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Ford is celebrating the opening of the Flat Rock Assembly plant that will support the production of the Mustang and the all-new Ford Fusion. Previously known as AutoAlliance International, the plant is now fully controlled by Ford, since Mazda no longer produces any models there. The plant continues to be owned by a joint venture that is split 50/50 between Ford and Mazda.

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“The new Flat Rock Assembly Plant symbolizes the growth driven by our One Ford plan,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “Ford continues investing in people, products and plants to deliver the head-turning, fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive vehicles people really want, including the all-new Fusion.”

In addition to adding 1,200 new hourly jobs tied to Fusion production, Ford also is investing $555 million to build a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop capable of producing multiple vehicles. With each new major plant program, Ford is significantly increasing the flexibility of its equipment and facilities to build multiple vehicles at one location. By 2015, Ford will be able to produce 25 percent more derivatives per plant versus 2011 on a global basis.

“By fully incorporating Flat Rock Assembly into our manufacturing system, we are able to take advantage of internal efficiencies that will streamline our ability to produce vehicles,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing. “This is critical as we increase our capacity to meet growing customer demand for our products.”