MAJOR STEP FORWARD — Pictured are New York state Assemblyman Sean Ryan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
HAMBURG — Ford Motor Company has announced a $150 million expansion of its Woodlawn Stamping Plant in the town of Hamburg. The announcement was made inside the stamping plant before a large audience of workers and representatives of state and local government, Ford and the United Auto Workers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York state would contribute $7 million, “to assist Ford in the development of its project in Western New York.”
Cuomo told the assembled crowd that “Ford’s $150 million investment in its Hamburg facility is proof positive of Western New York’s status as a leading hub of advanced manufacturing. By going the extra mile with this major investment, Ford is cementing their competitiveness in the region while keeping and adding hundreds of good-paying jobs right here in Western New York.”
The investment will be utilized for the upgrading and addition of multiple press lines. “Ford Motor Company is proud to partner with New York state and Gov. Cuomo to keep this stamping plant going strong,” said Ford’s Paul Kosaian, director of manufacturing – stamping operations.
Company officials and high-ranking representatives of the United Auto Workers announced the addition of 350 jobs to the current 680 positions at the plant. The union noted that there are currently no employees on lay-off and; 56 new hires began work at the plant Monday.
The Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg opened in 1950. It currently employs 680 people who work to make doors, quarter panels, body sides, hoods, fenders and floor panels. The plant produces parts for Ford’s Flex and Edge and Mercury’s MKX and MKT. With expansion, it is anticipated that the plant will begin producing parts for the Ford F250, F350, Focus and Econoline.
The governor said that such a historic accomplishment could “not have been possible without the cooperation of the United Auto Workers.”