NEW YORK (CNNMoney) The automaker said December 12 it’s on the brink of “the fastest and most aggressive manufacturing expansion the company has undergone in 50 years.” It plans to add 5,000 new jobs in the U.S. next year, including 3,300 salaried positions.
The company also plans to open new factories in Brazil and China, and will introduce 23 new vehicles globally.
Unlike rivals General Motors (GM, Fortune 500) and Chrysler, Ford avoided a taking a federal bailout following the financial crisis. However it has had its own struggles,laying off and buying out tens of thousands of workers over the past decade.
But in recent months things have been looking up for the industry, which has been buoyed by low gas prices, increased access to credit and pent-up demand.
Ford’s November sales rose 7% versus last year, and the company says it’s gaining U.S. market share at a faster rate than any of its competitors.