"The Explorer name is really a mass-market consumer name," said Toprak at Truecar.com.
Explorer production to add jobs
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said there was stiff competition to bring the vehicle to Chicago, a move that will add 1,200 jobs to the South Side assembly plant where it will be made. Ford's Chicago Heights stamping plant will supply most of the vehicle's body parts. Ford said other parts made by companies in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are expected to create "approximately 600 additional jobs.''
"We worked with UAW, we worked with Ford Motor Co., we worked with all kinds of local government, Mayor Daley, and we put together an incentive package," the governor said.
James Tetreault, Ford vice president for North America manufacturing, said moving Explorer production to Chicago included an analysis of the supply base, the quality and production capabilities of the plant, union agreements, and trade and international agreements.
Jan Allman, Chicago assembly plant manager, said the facility is in a "big training mode.'' "We're taking transfers and calling people on indefinite layoffs, and now we're contacting local employment agencies for applications," she said.