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Ford to create 800 jobs

Aug 24 2012 10:52 I-Net Bridge

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Johannesburg - Ford Motor Company South Africa (FMCSA) is to create 800 new jobs in SA with the introduction of additional shifts at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria and its Struandale Engine Plant in Nelson Mandela Bay to meet increased production of its Ford Rangers.

The company said on Friday that training of more than 800 potential employees has begun.

“Due to continued strong demand for the award-winning Ford Ranger pickup truck‚ FMCSA will add 800 new positions to increase production at its Silverton Assembly Plant and its Struandale Engine Plant on September 3‚” it said.

FMCSA will add a second shift at Silverton and a third shift at Struandale.

Training of potential employees to fill the new positions began in June.

Jeff Nemeth‚ president and CEO of FMCSA‚ said that in order to meet continued strong demand in SA and abroad‚ it was adding shifts‚ creating jobs and confirming its commitment to SA.

“We invested significantly to transform our operations‚ and it is our strong belief that these jobs have the power to transform people’s lives as well. In addition‚ creating new jobs is incredibly empowering and helps make a difference in the communities where we have operations.”

Ford last year announced the completion of a R3.4bn transformation at its South African manufacturing and assembly plants to enable it to produce and export its new Rangers to 148 countries‚ mostly in Africa and Europe.

Both plants have been transformed into world class facilities.

“A core part of our production philosophy is to empower the operators by giving them the right tools and training to build the highest-quality vehicles possible‚” Nemeth said.

“Our enthusiasm for technical innovation is always tempered by our responsibility to the vehicle‚ to our customers and their safety.

“We’re investing in the continuous training and education of our employees. Each one of the 800 potential new employees underwent comprehensive pre-employment assessment.... The successful candidates underwent stringent classroom and on-the-job training; they are now equipped to build high-quality Rangers.

“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‚” he said.


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