Ford announced that it is adding more than 900 jobs to Claycomo assembly plant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ford announced Wednesday morning the company is adding more than 900 new jobs to its Claycomo assembly plant.

The new jobs are expected to boost the total number of workers at the Claycomo Plant to nearly 7,000 total, making Ford the fifth largest private employer in the metro.

Production on the new aluminum-alloy bodied Ford F-150 began last week, and now Ford said demand for its most popular pickup truck has caused the automaker to add hundreds of new jobs.

Ford officials said January was the company's strongest sales month for the F-150 since 2004, and it was 30 percent higher than last year.

This is the first pickup to replace the steel frame with an aluminum alloy, making the truck 700 pounds lighter and giving it better gas mileage than ever before with about 22-miles-per gallon combined city and highway.

Because of the new jobs, between 300 and 500 current employees will get a $9 per hour pay raise. The raise will bring their pay to $28.50 an hour.