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Todd Hoevener, chief program engineer of the Ford Expedition, talks about growing up as a farm kid. Phoebe Howard/Detroit Free Press

In an attempt to meet rapidly growing demand for  passengers, the carmaker , speeding up assembly lines and adding workers.

“They needed to figure out how to increase production at a plant already operating at top speed,” said John Savona, Ford vice president, North American manufacturing. 

So Ford is moving 550 workers from the Louisville Assembly Plant now building the Ford Escape over to the nearby Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, to join 8,100 other UAW workers already building the Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and F-Series Super Duty trucks there.

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