LOUISVILLE, Ky.–Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant and United Auto Workers Local 862 have claimed the 19th annual Labor-Management award from the University of Louisville Labor-Management Center.
The award, which honors an area workplace in which labor and management have demonstrated cooperative relations, was presented last night at The Olmsted.
Ford’s managers and employees teamed up to cut costs and develop production efficiencies despite an extended downturn in auto sales, prompting the company to spend more than $600 million to retool the plant to make the 2013 Ford Escape, their award nomination said.
Production of the redesigned Escape is expected to add more than 3,700 new jobs at the plant over the next two years.
Other labor-management actions contributing to the company’s success include: