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Tour of retooled Ford Assembly Plant

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Ford Assembly Plant will be home to 1800 new jobs and the new Ford Escape.  Ford is calling it one of its most modern facilities in the world -- and it's right here in Louisville.

A worn sign says, "Louisville Assembly Plant, Home of the Ford Explorer." The last Explorer rolled out in December. The $600 million re-tooled plant will now be home to the Ford Escape, and will be one of Ford's most modern facilities in the world.

They look and sound like something out of an alien movie, but high-tech robots give Ford the ability to build a lot of products in addition to the new Escape. They can simply be reprogrammed to build a different car.

In the past, robots could only do one specific job. "It's really a matter of going down the line robot by robot and changing the programming so we can do it pretty quick," said plant manager John Savona.

Mayor Fischer and Governor Beshear were impressed with the high technology.  "We can either get on board and make it work to our advantage or be victims of it," said Beshear.

Ford hired 1800 workers who will make over $15 an hour. Many of those jobs went to Ford workers who had been laid off. Nearly 17,000 people applied when Ford announced those jobs, and lines to drop off applications stretched around the block.  Mayor Fischer says it's one of the biggest expansion of jobs in Louisville by an individual company in years.

When the Assembly Plant reaches full capacity in 2012, Ford expects it will employ 2,900 workers.

For every job here, Ford estimates seven to eight more jobs go to hundreds of suppliers, many who are right here in Kentucky.

The official reveal of the new Escape comes in November at a Los Angeles auto show. Ford says it will be ready for production by the end of the year.

When the Assembly Plant reaches full capacity in 2012, Ford expects it will employ 2,900 workers.

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