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New Ford 2017 Super Duty brings 2,000 jobs to Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

Ford is hosting an expo at the Kentucky State Fair to test drive its newest truck.

The 2017 Super Duty has a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body similar to airplanes and spacecraft.

“That came over from F-150, so this is the exact same exterior.” said Ford Super Duty expert Nick Krzeminski.

It’s lighter and stronger than any other Super Duty truck.

“If you're looking to tow anything larger than what the F-150 is capable of, that's where the Super Duty is going to come into play,” Krzeminski said.

The truck has different bells and whistles, like air conditioned massage seats and built-in LED spotlights to light up work zones. The productivity screen in the center of the dashboard is an eight-inch touch screen with a new Sync 3 system.

“This more like a tablet style interface where you can pinch, swipe zoom, and it reacts very fast,” Krzeminski said.

Ford has invested more than $1.3 billion in the 2017 Super Duty production and has created more than 2,000 jobs at the Kentucky Truck plant.

The Kentucky Truck Plant has produced more than 5,000,000 F-Series Super Duty trucks since it was introduced in 1999. Ford sold more than 785,000 F-Series trucks in the U.S. in 2015m including F-150 and Super Duty vehicles.

The Super Duty accounts for 43 percent of the U.S. heavy-duty pickup market.

“Workers are doing everything from painting, to body [work], to putting the truck together to putting on the finishing touches," Ford spokesperson Judd Templin said. "There are jobs in just about every part of the vehicle."

Production at the Kentucky Truck Plant started this month and the trucks are finally ready to hit the streets.

To register to drive the 2017 Super Duty on Saturday at the Kentucky State Fair, click here.

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