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C-Max Energi joins lineup at Michigan Assembly Plant

At Michigan assembly plant in Wayne, Ford workers have begun producing the 2013 C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, the fifth v
More ehicle assembled here.

The plug-in joins the C-Max hybrid , the Ford Focus, Focus ST performance car and Focus Electric.

They all ride on the same compact car underpinnings, but differences above the chassis present major challenges to workers.

Right now one in four vehicles running down the line is a hybrid, said Melanie Kobylas, a trim launch leader. She works on a portion of the line where a skillet raises the cars so workers can lift the batteries into the hybrids.

To further complicate matters, a third shift of 1,200 new hires began in May. Many have never worked in an auto plant before. About 100 of those new jobs are required because of complexity in the hybrids.

Ford has hired 5,200 workers in the U.S. this year, and all but 400 are entry-level workers. More than 1,200 will be hired next year when the Flat Rock, Mich., plant add a shift to build the Fusion.

Entry-level workers have lower wages and they are younger, said Jim Tetreault, Ford’s head of manufacturing.

The average age of the 800 new hires for a third shift in Chicago is 25.


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