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Ford To Add 450 Full-Time Jobs On Southeast Side

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Ford is spending $50 million and creating 450 full-time jobs at its Southeast Side assembly plant.

The move is intended to handle increased demand for new versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

The automaker says it will upgrade a 200,000-square-foot building near its Chicago Assembly Plant where it now modifies Explorers into versions used by law enforcement. The main Chicago Assembly Plant is located at 12600 S. Torrence Ave.

Painted bodies will be sent from the assembly plant to the upgraded building, where workers will put together the Explorer hybrid, Aviator plug-in hybrid and police Explorers.

About 450 temporary jobs at the assembly and stamping plants will become full-time, and more temporary workers will be hired.

Explorer police vehicles will be modified at a different building nearby.

The investment is in addition to plans announced in February to spend $1 billion and add 500 jobs in Chicago.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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