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Top US Automotive Job Creators for 2015

Warren R. Carter | 21.06.2016

Eight automotive manufacturers were recognized for having created more than 1,000 new positions each within the US

Auto manufacturers established a new sales record in 2015 of 17,470,659 million light vehicles sold in the US which represented an increase of 5.7 percent over 2014 figures. This new figure also beat out the all-time high of 17,402,486 vehicles which was set in 2000.

Area Development magazine and autonews.com recently announced eight automotive manufacturers that were recognized for having created more than 1,000 new positions each within the US. Interestingly, the top two job creators were electric carmakers Tesla and Faraday Future symbolizing both technological advancements as well as demand for electric cars.

The new automotive projects and their locations are shown in order of new jobs created as follows:

TESLA – Fremont, California

Electric carmaker Tesla will be creating 4,426 new jobs by 2019 through a $2.39 billion expansion in several locations throughout California. A second model will be added to their new auto-manufacturing facility in Fremont and their design facility in Hawthorne is already hiring new employees. Tesla is expected to be California’s largest manufacturing employer when the expansion project is complete.

FARADAY FUTURE – North Las Vegas, Nevada

Faraday will be investing $1.4 billion to build an innovative, state-of-the-art manufacturing plant for its 100 percent electric car. The three-million square foot plant will hire 4,500 employees and expects to produce it’s first Faraday Future electric vehicle in 2017.

VOLVO – Ridgeville, South Carolina

This new plant manufacturing the S-60 sedan is expected to hire up to 2,500 employees and build it’s first car in 2018. The plant, located about 30 miles northwest of Charleston, is expected to produce up to 100,000 cars per year and generate almost $5 billion in total annual economic output.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY – Louisville, Kentucky

Ford is expecting to create 2,000 new jobs as part of a $1.3 billion expansion of their Louisville truck plant. The expansion includes a new body shop, retooling and facility upgrades in preparation for the launch of an all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty truck.

POLARIS INDUSTRIES – Huntsville, Alabama

The increased popularity of off-road vehicles is driving the creation of a 700,000 square-foot factory in Huntsville that’s expected to hire 2,000 employees. The new plant will manufacture Polaris’s Ranger model in two-seat, full-size and multi-passenger styles.

MERCEDES-BENZ VAN MANUFACTURING – Charleston, South Carolina

The next-generation Sprinter commercial van will be produced at this new 8.6 million square foot plant which will include a new body shop, paint shop and assembly line. This site is expected to create 1,300 new jobs. The new site is being built as a result of US import duties being too high on German-made vehicles for it to effectively compete in the US commercial van market.

SUBARU – Lafayette, Indiana

This new 1,200 employee expansion at Subaru’s existing Lafayette plant will be Indiana’s largest increase in automotive hiring since 2008. Subaru is investing $140 million to increase the Lafayette plant’s capacity by 100,000 vehicles per year for the Subaru Outback, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Camry models. Hiring has commenced and is expected to be completed by 2017.

NISSAN – Smyrna, Tennessee

Nissan is launching a $160 million supplier park at their Smyrna vehicle assembly plant that is expected to create in excess of 1,000 jobs with their suppliers. The 1.5 million square-foot facility will include an integrated logistics center and provide immediate space for their suppliers to use for operational and logistical support.

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