Ford hiring 5,000, launching 16 models in 2014
Ford plans to hire about 5,000 employees in the U.S. next year, during which it plans to launch 16 new vehicles in North America, including the 2015 Mustang and F-Series pickup truck.
The jobs will include salaried and hourly positions and are in addition to 14,000 added during the last two years in preparation for the new product onslaught, said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas.
Separately, Ford's board of directors met in Dearborn, Mich., Thursday amid reports it wants CEO Alan Mulally to clarify his plans either to stay at Ford or take the helm at Microsoft, which has courted him for several months.
Ford issued a statement that Mulally plans to stay through 2014. Neither the board nor Microsoft issued a statement on the matter.
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