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Ford announced Monday it has added 850 jobs to the Dearborn Rouge Center in support of the production of the redesigned, aluminum-intensive 2015 F-150 pickup truck.

The automaker said the jobs are divided among three facilities: more than 500 for the truck assembly plant, nearly 300 for the stamping factory and more than 50 at the diversified operations.

As a part of the launch of the new F-150, the Dearborn Truck Plant underwent the largest manufacturing transformation in decades, replacing legacy manufacturing equipment with the latest in production technology. This transformation marked the first major renovation of the iconic facility since it opened in 2004.

“We’re changing history here as a Ford-UAW team,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford’s vice president of manufacturing in North America. “What we’re doing will change our company forever, but we will change the auto industry forever.”

As part of its 2011 labor contract with the United Auto Workers union, Ford agreed to create 12,000 hourly jobs. Its total has exceeded 14,000.

Ford is not taking new applications for the jobs, they’ve already chosen hires out of existing applications.

The new F-150, which goes into production soon, is America’s best-selling vehicle and historically has contributed the lion’s share of Ford’s global pretax profits.

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