Ford plans to hire 7,000 US workers by 2012

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Ford Motor Co. says it will add more than 7,000 workers in the U.S. over the next two years, including 750 engineers with expertise in batteries and other advanced technology, as it begins producing several new vehicles.

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Way to go Ford....keep up the great work and inovations.
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$14 an hour? For an engineer? Am I interpreting this correctly??!!
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great wrote:
$14 an hour? For an engineer? Am I interpreting this correctly??!!
It's a starting wage. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially since their other benefits. They stick with it and they will be making a better wage shortly. These are plant workers, not engineers.

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great wrote:
$14 an hour? For an engineer? Am I interpreting this correctly??!!
Not for the engineers. For the union production staff, which is much closer to what they should be making.
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How will electric vehicles come down in price? Lithium is not as abundant as oil. As more batteries are needed, won't supply and demand for lithium determine the prices as much as anything? Securing such minerals means setting up more puppet governments in far off lands. Ironically, the production techniques will likely still be highly dependent on oil.
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It is good news. Wish the Ford plant in St. Paul would have stayed open. Those layed off workers won't be too eager to move across the country with their family to earn $14.00 per hour but I'll bet they would be happy to stay here and take that pay cut and at least have a job and benefits. Too bad the St. Paul plant can't be retrofitted to handle the newer models. Then again, the cost of doing business here is higher.
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Probably be 21,000 if they could produce some internal combustion models that people actually want and can afford. Double that number nationally if progress wasn't impeded by environmentalists and a refinery or two could be built for oil from wells drilled in North Dakota and ANWR. That number of jobs would definately bolster the economy. Only wishful thinking, politicians must pander to the green minority.
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TimberWoes wrote:
How will electric vehicles come down in price? Lithium is not as abundant as oil. As more batteries are needed, won't supply and demand for lithium determine the prices as much as anything? Securing such minerals means setting up more puppet governments in far off lands. Ironically, the production techniques will likely still be highly dependent on oil.
Lithium is VERY expensive. Why do you think hybrids and electric cars are out of the price range of your average consumers. And they won't be mining this stuff in the US. Half of the deposits are in Bolivia, also there are large deposits in China.
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wtf wrote:
<quoted text>Lithium is VERY expensive. Why do you think hybrids and electric cars are out of the price range of your average consumers. And they won't be mining this stuff in the US. Half of the deposits are in Bolivia, also there are large deposits in China.
I am aware of this. That is the point. There are huge deposits in Africa as well, and right now, the governments there are working to build a highway across the Serengeti to transport the stuff to market. Yes, the "green" initiative means destroying some of the last natural habitats remaining! Never mind having to recycle the highly toxic byproducts of lithium ion batteries and their production techniques!

If lithium supplies start to run low, all the "advances" in manufacturing won't mean squat if the raw materials are not available, or their scarcity makes them hugely expensive to obtain.
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NoSht wrote:
Probably be 21,000 if they could produce some internal combustion models that people actually want and can afford. Double that number nationally if progress wasn't impeded by environmentalists and a refinery or two could be built for oil from wells drilled in North Dakota and ANWR. That number of jobs would definitely bolster the economy. Only wishful thinking, politicians must pander to the green minority.
Funny thing is, we in America would be way further ahead if the weirdo Al Gore types and the Envirowhacko's had actually left business alone. Nuclear power plants take so long to get approved that they are not built. Refineries take years to build and get on line. If we could just pull our eco heads out of or sss's, we could actually create jobs and have a healthy economy. But NO, we have to mess with everything we know nothing about.
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Ban the Ford Ranger, it is a leading cause of man made global warming. We need to start today in protecting the children against greed.
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Geez all these jobs are being created before the Republicans have passed a bill helping big business. I think Obama's policies are working and America is climbing out of the unregulated bankers,realtors and lenders financial mess.ie the housing bubble
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Nothing in MN --no coincidence--hostile union not willing to get real. See if you ever get hired anywhere! Nobody wants overpaid outspoken business agents who won't listen to their members.

Why should we pay dues when they can't even find jobs at the rate we want to earn? What is he purpose then other than to just cause things to be more expensive?
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The Ranger MIGHT sell IF Ford advertised it.

Ford has NO INTEREST in selling the Ranger.

When was the last time you saw an AD featuring the Ranger.
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Jabber wrote:
Geez all these jobs are being created before the Republicans have passed a bill helping big business. I think Obama's policies are working and America is climbing out of the unregulated bankers,realtors and lenders financial mess.ie the housing bubble
YEA MAN, who needs a job, 401k and other perks when Obama gives ya unemployment benefits. Go smoke another joint like Jared.
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tax burden overload wrote:
It is good news. Wish the Ford plant in St. Paul would have stayed open. Those layed off workers won't be too eager to move across the country with their family to earn $14.00 per hour but I'll bet they would be happy to stay here and take that pay cut and at least have a job and benefits. Too bad the St. Paul plant can't be retrofitted to handle the newer models. Then again, the cost of doing business here is higher.
Too bad the UWA didn't accept lower wages four or five years ago. I know for a fact that production line workers made $28 per hour after less then two years on the job with really good benefits. Add that to all of their PAID shut down time and well, there you go. The union was the death of the Ford plant in St. Paul.
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oops, that's UAW
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Ford should advertise for replacement workers for the Ford plant in St Paul. Reduce wages by $10 and make condition of employment at will.

Once the get replacement workers the can shut the plant down one day and open it the next with all new cheap staff.

Think about the boost to the economy if the plant continued operation even at lower wages.
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I find it surprising that Ford didn't have a job fair in the Twin Cities. All those soon to be laid off Ranger makers will be needing new jobs.
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Clint wrote:
The Ranger MIGHT sell IF Ford advertised it.
Ford has NO INTEREST in selling the Ranger.
When was the last time you saw an AD featuring the Ranger.
Sad thing is that Ford wants to get rid of the Ranger. Great vehicle built in the most efficient Ford plant TCAP. The TCAP is one of the best plants in the entire auto industry, great workers, cheap power, good logistics. Most do not know that ALL Ford vehicles sold in the Northland Ford area are delivered efficiently through the TCAP. TCAP for those not in the know is Twin Cities Assembly Plant. Problem is, the University system seem to want the property. MnScu already has their use plan for the site.

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