SWAPPING GIGS: Sterling Riggs goes under the hood at Louisville's Ford plant
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB)--The world's largest tuck plant is located right in the heart of Louisville and is a major economic driver of the city.
Sterling Riggs swaps gigs with a Ford worker to see what it takes to assemble a Super Duty truck.
Working the line at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant may be shift work, but it's a highly sought after job for many hard working men and women around northern Kentucky and southern Indiana.
110 acres under roof, it's where all Super Duty trucks, Expeditions and Navigators are assembled bolt by bolt.
Assistant plant manager Fred Thome says most of the parts are shipped to KTP and a truck comes off the off the line approximately every 40 seconds.
My first task was to deck a box. To outsiders, that means putting the cab on the frame.
Before we started, team leader Tim Davis let me know the importance of doing this job.
"The unique thing about the Super Duty is that every one of them was built in this plant. When you see one of the road, you know you had a hand in building it," said Davis.
I was told after the fact that if I caused the line to shut down it would have cost Ford thousands of dollars in lost production.
There's not much time to think about what's happening.
The trucks just keep moving on the synchronized assembly line.
From there, we were off to check out the finished trucks.
Every vehicle is inspected with a fine tooth comb and put through a driving test before rolling off of the assembly line.
Drivers check everything from the steering wheel to the tailgate.
On the test track, drivers are not allowed to talk or listen to the radio.
It's extremely important to listen for unusual sounds or defects.
If everything is perfect, it gets one more quick inspection and it will be shipped to a Ford dealership to be sold.
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