The light-duty F-150 may be the MVP of the Ford truck roster, but there also are plenty of fan favorites on the heavy-duty side of the ball, and that popularity is paying off for the folks who build the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty. That’s because the Blue Oval’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville will welcome 350 jobs and an $80 million investment to build more models of the F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550. “Customer demand for F-Series Super Duty trucks is growing substantially, and F-Series overall is America’s best-selling truck for 37 years running,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Building on more than 100 years of manufacturing in Kentucky, we are proud to expand our profitable growth in the region as a result of our leadership in trucks and SUVs.” Another result: Backed by the increased production capability, the plant is expected to produce the 5-millionth Super Duty truck later in 2014, an achievement that’s taken fewer than 15 years. Of course, it also will help that the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty benefits from a major powertrain overhaul, thanks to the debut of the next-gen 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel that serves up more torque, more horsepower and more towing capability than the previous engine. Added Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department: “We are happy to be adding new jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant, because we know the impact these jobs will have on the local community. It’s especially rewarding to know these jobs come as a result of customer demand. It shows customers understand and appreciate the dedication our UAW Ford workers put into delivering top-quality products like Ford F-Series Super Duty.” (Note: Along with the 2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty, the automaker’s Kentucky Truck Plant also will build the 2015 Ford Expedition and the significantly redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator.) Source: http://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2014/01/30/ford-invests–80-million–creates-350-jobs-at-kentucky-truck-pla.html Written by Charles Krome. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company.