Great news for the American laborer: Ford Motor Company is hiring.
Well, actually, Ford has been hiring for about a year now. This news isn’t entirely new, though, since Ford has previously promised the UAW that it would add 12,000 jobs by 2015. And through the third quarter of 2012, the iconic automaker had already added more than 8,000 of that goal. But for right now, this quarter, the Blue Oval is looking for 2,200 salaried workers to fill Product Development, and Manufacturing, and IT roles.
This news comes on the heel of a banner 2012 sales report. In fact, Ford has done so well, it recently doubled its quarterly dividend to investors.
“Our ability to double our dividend in one year is a testament to our One Ford plan, which has enabled us to maintain a solid balance sheet, while at the same time growing our business to provide our shareholders with more return on their investments,” said Bob Shanks, chief financial officer, Ford Motor Company, in a statement.
The One Ford plan allowed the automaker to streamline production on various models, while increasing quality and profit. The result has been a line of popular, well-built, and fuel-efficient vehicles that are at or near the top in their respective segments.
To keep up with consumer demand, Ford recently increased production and other areas of its assembly. This bodes especially well for the jobs returning to America from suppliers in Japan and Mexico.
“We are proud to expand our U.S. manufacturing operations in line with our aggressive new product introductions—and to create more jobs,” said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing, in a statement. “This would not be possible without the cooperation of our UAW partners. By working together, we have crafted labor agreements that improve our competitiveness and allow us to bring jobs back to Ford and the U.S.”