CHICAGO — Ford is spending $50 million and creating 450 full-time jobs in Chicago to handle increased demand for new versions of the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.

The auto maker says it will upgrade a 200,000-square-foot (18,580-square-meter) building near its Chicago Assembly Plant where it now modifies Explorers into versions used by law enforcement.

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.

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