From the Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement after learning of Ford’s plan to hire 1,200 employees at the Chicago Assembly Plant in anticipation of increasing consumer demand for fuel-efficient cars. Ford plans to invest nearly $400 million in its Chicago plants to launch the production of the next-generation Explorer SUV, which feature fuel economy gains of at least 25% over the current model.
“More new, fuel-efficient cars are being purchased in Illinois and around the country. As a result, local dealerships are seeing increased demand and autoworkers are going back to work. I commend Ford’s decision to respond to consumer demand by increasing production and creating good paying jobs at the Chicago facility.”