In the year 2015, a secret meeting took place between the UAW and Ford Motor Co. That resulted in job security and also a sigh of relief among factory workers three years down the line. They begin manufacturing the Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. The President of Global Operations at Ford, Joe Hinrichs last week said that they were developing the idea to bring Range and the Bronco back. According to Hinrichs, it made sense to build it at a plant with history in the US. So, back in the spring season of 2015, Hinrichs and then President of UAW, Dennis Williams and his executive administrative assistant, Chuck Browning met for a private lunch close to the Detroit airport.
Hinrichs enquired how labor would feel if Ford moved their production of Ford Focus sedan from Michigan to Mexico. Moreover, it retooled Wayne Assembly to build up SUVs. The plan required to be a part of an upcoming labor contract. Fortunately, they were very supportive as they knew the workforce would love to build the Ranger and Bronco again. Hinrichs said that, so they finally ended up making it part of the negotiations in 2015. This is indeed a great story of collaboration between Ford and the UAW. Monday will see workers celebrating and getting rides in pre-production models of the Ranger on an off-road course, created in a plant parking lot especially for the event. Final assembly workers will return on 29th October. The first lot of 2019 Rangers available to the public should start rolling off within a week.
While showing the Ranger to car dealers in Las Vegas this month, Ford showed up in excess of 100 accessories for the vehicle. Most of them have been produced by Yakima, which is known for its high-end roof racks, bike racks, boat racks and camping gear. The Consumer Marketing Manager of Ranger, Chad Callander said that the sales for the Midsize Pickup are the strongest along the Pacific Coast, mostly in California. Ford even noted that Los Angeles is the mega market for the midsize pickup, with almost 10 percent of them sold in the state.