Ford to create 800 jobs at Detroit transmission plant

Ford recently announced it will expand operations at its Livonia Transmission Plant, a move that will create 800 jobs, according to a press release from the company.

The company plans to invest $350 million in the facility, which is located near Detroit, to strengthen its production of a new transmission type. 

Workers from other plants will fill the majority of the new jobs, the source noted. While Ford will add some of the positions at the end of this year, it will instate most of the positions in 2018 and 2019. 

The Livonia plant currently has 1,800 workers. Last year, Ford spent $1.4 billion to ramp up transmission production at the plant, which led to the creation of 500 jobs. 

The announcement follows the news that Ford intends to reduce 10 percent of its workforce costs in North America and Asia Pacific this year, MarketWatch reported. The downsizing is part of the company's plan to become "as lean and efficient as possible" and is anticipated to lead to the loss of 1,400 salaried positions by the end of September. 

"We remain committed to American manufacturing and investing in our people and facilities," said Ford President of The Americas Joe Hinrichs in a statement. "We believe it is important to continue investing right here in our home market."

The company plans to invest $350 million in the facility.